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by Mark Zalewski
March 16, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Bouhanni wins Nokere Koerse; UK Sport went easy on British Cycling for medals; USA Cycling reveals Pro Road Championship courses; Strange incident in final kilometres of Nokere Koerse; Van Avermaet ready for San Remo; Riders already saying goodbye to Boonen; Melbourne cyclist who was shot speaks about incident; Rapha looking to sell?; 77-year-old cyclist to ride entire Giro course for charity; Perth cyclists draw a Strava goat; 2017 Cape Epic trailer.
The Guardian reports that UK Sport, the source of funding for British Olympic sports programmes, told its in-house governance unit to “go easy” on British Cycling because “that’s where the medals come from.” This occurred two years before the allegations were made by Jess Varnish.
“With cycling, the UK Sport governance team felt they couldn’t ever go firm on them on any issue because they would come under pressure from the performance guys if they started poking around too much. No one wanted to disrupt the medal factory. It had the status of a special sport.”
The allegations suggest UK Sport was under pressure to improve on the London 2012 medal count in the Rio Games, and that could have affected the oversight of the governing body.
In response UK Sport said, “We completely refute the allegation that senior figures in our performance team did not want anything to get in the way of the people deemed to be delivering the medals. This is simply not the case. It is widely known within the high performance system that the Mission process includes a focus on athletes, system and climate.”
This comes after the draft report of the independent investigation of British Cycling was leaked and showed a ‘culture of fear’ present within the organisation.
Click through to read more at The Guardian.