British Cycling slams MP's 'ill-informed' comments Cookson should quit UCI
British Cycling has hit out at UK politician Damian Collins for "ill-informed" comments that two of the UK's most senior cycling figures, including Brian Cookson, president of world governing body UCI, should quit in the wake of an independent review into failings in the sport.
On Wednesday, the report on British Cycling concluded the organisation lacked good governance at board level, while a "culture of fear" existed within the team.
MP Collins, who is standing to continue as chairman of the Culture, Media and Sport select committee, said Cookson, who is seeing re-election as president of the UCI later this year (he was previously president of British Cycling from 1996 to 2013) and British Cycling chairman Jonathan Bowning should resign.
He also called on UK Sport, the elite funding body, not to give financial support to Cookson's re-election campaign.
The outspoken Collins, who has previously overseen inquests into governance of soccer, athletics and tennis, said: "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."
He added: "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."
British Cycling hit back with a statement from the boad that read: "Damian Collins' criticisms of British Cycling are ill-informed and do not take account of the changes underway at the organisation. Jonathan Browning's role in introducing and maintaining the pace of change at British Cycling since becoming chair in February 2017 is unmatched in sport.
"Brian Cookson served as British Cycling president from 1997 until 2013, having joined an emergency committee in 1996 to save British Cycling from insolvency. He has made an enormous contribution to the sport in this country and around the world and we wish him every best wish as he seeks re-election for the role of UCI president.
"Change is very much in train at British Cycling. Damian Collins would be very welcome to come to the National Cycling Centre, whenever he would like, to understand and witness the transformation that is underway."
The review was prompted by allegations of doping and sexism at British Cycling, which oversees a sport in which Great Britain has excelled at recent Olympic Games.