International Cycling

British Cycling get thumbs up from review chief

2017-06-07 22:33
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London - The doctor who led the independent review into British Cycling's medical practice says he is delighted the governing body's board has approved his reform recommendations.

Rod Jaques, director of medical services at the English Institute of Sport, positive response came as British Cycling announced it would appoint a new head of medicine.

They also split their medical team into cure and prevention units and created British sport's first clinical governance committee to maintain the highest standards.

British Cycling set up the wide-ranging independent review of its medical and physiotherapy teams' operational practice in late April after being criticised by an investigation undertaken by UK Anti-Doping (UKAD).

UKAD's investigation which is still ongoing was into allegations of wrongdoing within the GB team and its professional road cycling off-shoot, Team Sky.

Jaques, though, was happy his recommendations had all been accepted after he was appointed by British Cycling to conduct the review when details emerged of among other things poor medical record keeping and missing treatment notes.

"I found members I met with from the British Cycling medical team to be competent professionals, working to the best of their abilities within their current structures," said Jaques in a statement on Wednesday.

"To ensure athletes are served in ways that best support performance and allow professionals to develop, the review outlines reforms that will bolster both areas and ensure that British Cycling makes changes to ensure the highest standards of professionalism and care."

The changes, which come into force immediately, are part of a wider reforms in response to both the UKAD investigation and an independent review looking at allegations of bullying and discrimination within the GB elite set-up.

That investigation, instigated by former British sprinter Jess Varnish's claims about former technical director Shane Sutton, is expected to publish its findings next week after months of delays.

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