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Culture, Media and Sport chair Collins recommends Cookson should not be re-elected as head of UCI

Culture, Media and Sport chair Collins recommends Cookson should not be re-elected as head of UCI
By PA Sport

15/06/2017 at 13:20Updated 15/06/2017 at 13:56

Damian Collins MP has called for the dethroning of Brian Cookson as president of cycling's world governing body following the damning independent review into the Great Britain cycling team.

Collins, who is standing for re-election as the chair of the Culture, Media and Sport select committee in the new parliament, was reacting to Wednesday's publication of the review.

The independent review, which took 14 months to report, was critical of British Cycling, former technical director Shane Sutton and funding agency UK Sport, but its chair Annamarie Phelps denied its contents had been toned down from an earlier leaked draft.

And Collins has also called for the resignation of British Cycling chairman Jonathan Browning and the British Cycling board members who presided over the period investigated.

Cookson was British Cycling president until September 2013, when he was elected head of the UCI. He is standing for re-election in September.

"In light of the findings of the independent review, I do not believe that Brian Cookson should be re-elected as head of the UCI - he certainly shouldn't receive any support from UK Sport for his campaign," Collins said in a statement on Thursday.

"There also needs to be a complete change in the governance structure of British Cycling - none of the members of the board from the period covered in the investigation should remain, which would mean that Jonathan Browning should stand aside from his position as chairman."

UK Sport chief executive Liz Nicholl on Wednesday outlined the organisation's support for Cookson's bid for re-election. But Cookson will not receive any UK Sport funds in his campaign bid.

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