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by Shane Stokes
December 8, 2017
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Following recent reports of alleged sexual misconduct, including intercourse with and the rape of riders, plus financial malpractice, the UCI has weighed in on the current investigations into a former official of the Polish Cycling Federation.
The federation’s current president Dariusz Banaszek is looking into the matter, with the Polish Ministry of Sport and Tourism also involved. Ex-vice president Piotr Kosmala made the allegations public last month.
“The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) has learned from the news that there has been a recent audit reporting serious allegation of sexual misconduct towards riders as well as financial malpractice within the Polish Cycling Federation,” it said on Thursday.
“With the athlete’s welfare at the core of its mission, the UCI wishes to reiterate its commitment to protecting riders against abuse of any form and at all levels.”
It said that because of it, it strongly encouraged the Polish federation to “cooperate with the Polish Ministry of Sport and Tourism and the public authorities to ensure that all appropriate measures are taken to restore good governance and credibility at the federation.”
It said that it would continue to monitor the situation, and that it looked forward to the return of stability to the federation.