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by Mark Zalewski
March 31, 2017
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UCI president Brian Cookson reportedly insisted on contributing to the report investigating British Cycling even though he was not asked to by the investigation panel. SportsMail reports that A Freedom of Information Act request showed extensive correspondence with the independent review’s chair Annamarie Phelps, including one understood to be Cookson requesting an interview.
This was part of a number of contributions the investigating panel received after its 30 November deadline from people who had a more positive view on British Cycling during the time in question, hoping to positively affect the outcome of the investigation for British Cycling. However, a leaked draft of the final report is scathing in its assessment of the organisation.
The panel determined that the British Cycling board ‘sanitised’ and even reversed the findings of a report by grievance officer Alex Russell.
Final publication of the report was expected in February but has been delayed over legal disputes.
Cookson led British Cycling from 1996 until his election as president of the UCI in 2013.
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