British Cycling coach sacked for 'inappropriate relationships'

British Cycling has dismissed sprint coach Kevin Stewart for gross misconduct including what it described as a "long-term pattern of inappropriate relationships with riders".

Stewart, who would have been an integral part of the Team GB medals bid at next year's delayed Tokyo Olympics, apologised "wholeheartedly" and acknowledged his actions made his position untenable.

The governing body said Stewart failed to act on repeated warnings about his conduct, and failed to follow the specific direction of the performance director with regard to respecting athletes' personal boundaries, inappropriate use of electronic communication, and actions bringing British Cycling into disrepute.

However, British Cycling said an investigation into Stewart's conduct had found no evidence of a physical relationship between himself and any members of the Great Britain team.

Stewart said: "I wholeheartedly apologise to the team for my actions, which I acknowledge were not acceptable." - AFP