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by Mark Zalewski
February 23, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Sunderland wins Tour de Langkawi opener; Geniez wins second stage at Tour de la Provence, Dennis in lead; Nocentini wins Volta ao Alentejo, stage 1; UK Sport accuses British Cycling of lack of transparency; Armstrong responds to lawsuit setback; ORICA-Scott reveal Grand Tour strategy; Nationale Sluitingsprijs race gets new life; CyclingTips Podcast, Episode 27: What lurks beneath carbon fiber’s mysterious surface?; Look recalls some Aerostem clamps; Witnesses allege drunk driver who killed cyclist lied to get lighter sentence; Female cyclist gets revenge on harassing driver; Highlights from Cali Track World Cup; Video: Lotto-Soudal pit stop; Video: Dog vs. peloton; Yowamushi Pedals movie.
The piling on of British Cycling is increasing again as UK Sport is accusing the organisation of misleading it by not turning over the full contents of an internal performance review conducted by its former CEO Peter King following the 2012 London Olympics. The full report contained some of the problems that have come to light in the last year. UK Sport only received a summary of the report in 2012, with the full report not shared until 2016.
UK Sport CEO Liz Nicholl said that the organisation could have dealt with the problems back in 2012, if it had known about them. “What we received from them as a summary of what the report was saying did not raise any alarm bells at all,” she told The Guardian. “We would have expected to receive the full report at the time. That’s a complete lack of transparency and that’s a relationship that is not acceptable in terms of what was shared with us as opposed to what the actual facts of that report were.”
Peter King said that he had no knowledge of what information was shared after delivering his findings to then CEO Ian Drake, who recently stepped down from his post earlier than announced.
“The honest truth is I don’t know what version of my report was shared with UK Sport, either then or now,” King said. “And I don’t really want to say anything about all of this until the independent report comes out. As far as I’m aware my original report was delivered to Ian Drake and I don’t know how much further it went after that.”
UK Sport is currently assembling its own report from an investigation into British Cycling, with multiple delays pushing its release to March. “We’re working to get it right, not get it out to a timetable,” said Rod Carr, the chair of UK Sport. “In the big scheme of things looking back 10 years, whether it’s in November or March is not going to make any difference. Get it wrong, it’ll make a big difference. We’ve got to get it right.”
Click through to read more at The Guardian.