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Women's team director Marc Bracke given three-year suspension for sexual harassment

Will Strickson
23 Jun 2021

Director general and sports director of women's Continental team Doltcini-Van Eyck-Proximus suspended from this morning

Marc Bracke, the director general and sports director of women's Continental team Doltcini-Van Eyck-Proximus, has been given a three-year suspension from cycling after being found guilty of sexual harassment.

The UCI Disciplinary Commission announced Bracke's immediate suspension this morning, adding that he will also be required to take part in a harassment awareness programme and that it hopes this decision will set a precedent in the sport.

Despite being found guilty in October, having been accused of requesting inappropriate photos of riders during contract negotiations, the Belgian was allowed to continue in his role until now, only being prevented from doing so after Tour of Flanders organiser Flanders Classics asked that he not attend its races.

Part of the UCI's statement reads, 'It is essential for the well-being of athletes that they can have confidence in the institutions and feel free to report any form of abuse.

'The UCI supports all people wishing to denounce such acts, whether they are victims or witnesses of conduct that does not conform to our Federation's rules of conduct.'

It was also announced that that the UCI will appoint an Integrity and Education Manager by September to implement education and awareness courses and manage a reporting system for harassment and abuse.

For more information on the UCI's measures to prevent abuse visit uci.org

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