Kevin Stewart, British Cycling’s head men’s sprint team coach, was sacked for several offenses, including ‘improper relationships with riders’, with immediate effect ahead of the Tokyo Games.
Stewart was fired after being found guilty of criminal misconduct and bringing the governing body into disrepute, according to Sportsmail.
The accusations focused on him being too close to a female rider in the British Cycling team and sending offensive messages, it was noticed.
Stewart, who coached six-time Olympic champion Jason Kenny of Britain, was charged with overseeing his attempt to become Tokyo’s most successful Olympian of all time in Britain, prior to his sacking.
To overtake his former team-mate Sir Chris Hoy and become Britain’s most successful Olympian, Kenny needs only one gold medal in Tokyo.
Four separate explanations were given to justify Stewart’s abrupt departure in an email sent to riders and seen by Sportsmail.
They were listed as:
*Long-term pattern of inappropriate relationships with riders;
*Serious act of insubordination by failing to follow specific direction of the performance director in regard to relationships with riders and professional boundaries;
*Serious inappropriate use of electronic communication;
*Actions bringing British Cycling into disrepute.
Stewart, who is married to Robyn Stewart, an Irish international track cyclist, has apologised for his inappropriate behavior.
He said: ‘I apologize to the team wholeheartedly for my behavior, which I understand were not appropriate.
I realized that my actions made my place on the team untenable and handed in my resignation before being fired during my period of notice.’
Stephen Park, British Cycling’s performance director, said:’ While this has been uncomfortable for all involved, it shows the robustness of the protocols we have in place when questions are raised.
‘The GB Cycling Team has a consistent set of expected behaviors and principles, and when we do not follow the expectations of conduct we set as a team, we must hold ourselves and each other to account.’