British cycling’s head men’s sprint coach has been sacked for ‘inappropriate relationships with riders’.
According to The Sun of UK, Married coach Kevin Stewart, who has worked with Jason Kenny, was promoted from the academy in April 2019 with success at the Tokyo Olympics in mind.
But according to the Mail, British Cycling have terminated his contract with immediate effect after secret texts were uncovered.
They claim that Stewart was found guilty of ‘gross misconduct’ and bringing the governing body into ‘disrepute’.
The Scot, who is married to Irish international track cyclist Robyn Stewart, was found to have shown a ‘long-term pattern of inappropriate relationships with riders’.
It was also alleged that he had committed a ‘serious act of insubordination’ in regard to ‘professional boundaries’.
And his use of ‘electronic communication’ was found to be ‘inappropriate’.
Sky News also allege that Stewart had ignored previous warnings over his conduct.
The announcement has sent shockwaves through British Cycling’s Tokyo 2021 preparations.
And Stewart has offered up an apology.