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by Shane Stokes
June 24, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Yates and Chaves confirmed at head of Orica-Scott’s Tour team, Gerrans misses out; Contador’s Trek-Segafredo squad named for Tour de France; Martin shows solid pre-Tour form with seventh national TT championship; Cookson rejects claims he read and ignored 2012 Peter King report; Froome: ‘I have never been offered triamcinolone at Team Sky’; Behind the scenes insight into the work and character of Trek-Segafredo soigneur; Video: Steve Cummings speaks after winning British TT championships; Video: 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour – Shara Gillow; Video: 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour: Focus on DROPS Cycling Team; Video: Couch Time with Carlee Taylor – Episode 1
UCI president and former British Cycling chief Brian Cookson has rejected criticisms that he didn’t pay heed to a 2012 report into British Cycling written by Peter King. That document identified cultural and behavioural issues in the world class performance programme which, if tackled, may have prevented the issues highlighted in the recent independent report.
“I was not given a copy of that report,” he told Inside the Games. “I have trawled through all of my emails and checked with Peter King and he confirms he did not send me a copy of that report at the time. I did not see it, but what I did participate in was a board meeting in December 2012, when the conclusions of this report were presented to us.
“What Ian presented to us was the outcomes and recommendations from that report, a number of which were nothing to do with any issues of behaviour. They were about how we sustain the success of the organisation and benefit from the medal winning success to benefit the sport as a whole, and sustain that going forwards, after the huge success of London 2012.”
Cookson, who is seeking re-election as UCI President and is thus under pressure to explain any potential past failings, did say that a series of action had been recommended to rectify behavioural issues within the World Class Performance Plan. These included a measure to remove Shane Sutton from working directly with athletes and instead to be mentoring and developing coaches.
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