TheSpud wrote:thehog wrote:deviant wrote:As a Brit I'm confused by the constant reference by posters on here to Sky/BC's alleged fraudulent use of government money....this isn't U.S. Postal where a government run institution was funding a cycling team (and subsequently doping).
The Sky team doesn't take a penny from the UK government, it's a Murdoch enterprise and Manchester/BC is lottery funded, I don't play the lottery so I don't feel defrauded, it's not compulsory to buy a ticket!
Buy a ticket and help put some money into most Olympic sports or don't, choice is the punters...i don't think some on here get that.
All talk of jail time, the government trying to recoup funds etc is fantasy by posters on here who don't understand the system of sport funding in the UK, the government actually contributes very little and most goes to schools not professional setups.
That is why little will come of this, sorry to burst some bubbles.
The point was when Sky was set up the professional team, it used resources from British Cycling which in part was tax-payer funded via grants. It was very similar to USPS which was part private and part government owned.
The issue with the Wiggins package was that Simon Cope was working for British Cycling (at the time) as the Women's Coach in a tax-payer funded position, however he was performing duties on behalf of a private enterprise in Sky and taking directions.
Prior to Sky being set up they had an external auditor in Deloitte review the new arrangements and create a demarcation between the two entities.
Whilst I appreciate your enthusiasm on the matter you may wish to educate yourself a little better.
See my post about the recharging facility - I believe this was the exact reason it was in place to show that SKY wasn't benefiting from BC / Tax Payer funding.
Perhaps stick to the facts Spud?
UK Sport and British Cycling Announce Key Findings of Deloitte Review
Key recommendations of the review include:
• Creation of an operational document focused primarily on the dual British Cycling and Team Sky roles and responsibilities to ensure these are effectively monitored and managed, both from a resource and financial perspective. This document would be reviewed quarterly and would sit alongside the already comprehensive Service Level Agreement.
• Recruitment of a Finance Director by British Cycling (this role is currently being advertised).
• Continuation of the close working relationship between British Cycling and UK Sport so that any new opportunities and risks to the World Class Programme are identified, discussed and managed at an early stage
Per point 1; do you think Simon Cope, Brian Cookson from British Cycling at the time were keeping operational document focused primarily on the dual British Cycling and Team Sky roles and responsibilities to ensure these are effectively monitored and managed, both from a resource and financial perspective? Do you think there was a Service Level Agreement that Simon Cope could spend a month with Bradley Wiggins could motor pace and not coach the women's team? Or not run a team camp as Nicole Cooke had asked for?
You really do let yourself down badly with comments like "recharging facility". I sense you make this up as you go along.