NICHOLL – RESTORE CREDIBILITY OR LOSE FUNDING

UK Sport chief executive Liz Nicholl has reached out to British Cycling, asking the body to endeavor it restores its credibility or risk losing funding.


This threat came on the heels of investigations into the body, following allegations of doping, bullying and discrimination.

The success of the British cycling body so far has been partly due to the funding package handed out to it from UK Sport.

Nicholl was recently in Manchester, at the National Cycling Centre with Jonathan Browning, the new chairman of British cycling where she delivered the warning, which was in response of the body’s claim of bullying and sexism made first last April by Jess Varnish, former Great Britain track rider.

Nicole Sapstead, the boss of UK Anti-Doping was in London on Wednesday where she updated MPS on the five month’s investigations carried out by her agency into allegations of wrongdoing made against British Cycling and Team Sky, its professional road racing offspring team.

It was also on that same day British Cycling was hoping to unveil its 39-step “action plan” to improve the welfare of both athlete and staff alike. However, it was overtaken by the other events of the day.

Sapstead who addressed selected committee members of the Culture, Media and Sport decried the blatant abuse of guidelines by British Cycling and Team Sky doctor Richard Freeman in their keeping and sharing treatment records for star rider Sir Bradley Wiggins. She also said that the governing body was not sure if the drugs in its medical store were intended for its riders or those of Team Sky.

Browning noted that a lot had to be done in terms of investigation and an external review of their medical services. He also hopes that they can work together with the UKAD so as to make every process as transparent as possible.