Top British official Drake to step down in 2017

Fri Oct 21, 2016 6:16am EDT
 
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LONDON (Reuters) - Ian Drake, the man who has presided over a golden era for British Cycling, will step down as chief executive in April, the governing body announced on Friday.

His decision comes after a difficult year for the organization that saw technical director Shane Sutton quit in April after allegations of sexist and discriminatory remarks.

British Cycling has also been dragged into the controversy surrounding Team Sky's use of Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs), including for former Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins.

The organization also said this month it was "cooperating fully" with UK Anti-Doping who were investigating allegations of "wrongdoing within cycling".

Drake, who has been involved with British Cycling for 20 years, the last eight as chief executive, confirmed that he will be leaving but not as a result of the ongoing controversies.

"Some time ago I made the decision that the Rio Games would be my last as CEO of British Cycling," Drake, who took charge in 2009, said in a statement.

"Now, following the success of our Olympic and Paralympic teams at those Games, the launch of our innovative new partnership with HSBC UK and Yorkshire's successful bid to host the 2019 Road World Championships, I believe that the end of this Olympic cycle is the natural moment for a new CEO to take the organization forward into the Tokyo Games and beyond.

"So it has been a difficult year but my decision to move on is completely separate to that (the allegations). It's just the time is right," he added.

The British Cycling board will begin the search for a new chief executive.   Continued...