Cookson slams kilo decision

British Cycling president Brian Cookson has added his voice to the complaints arising from the UCI's

British Cycling president Brian Cookson has added his voice to the complaints arising from the UCI's

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British Cycling's president, Brian Cookson, has added his voice to those decrying the International Cycling Union's decision to drop the men's kilometre and women's 500-metre time trials from the 2008 Olympic Games in order to accommodate the introduction of BMX events.

"Like many others, I am dismayed by this decision by the UCI, which does not, in my view, stand up to any rational analysis of the situation," said Cookson. "Great Britain has provided the gold medallists for the men's kilometre time trial for the last two Olympic Games and we were optimistic of achieving high levels of success at both the men's and women's events at Beijing.

"However, I am not just thinking about Great Britain, many other nations are competitive at this very straightforward and accessible event, and medals have been spread very widely across the Olympic family of nations over the years."

Reigning Olympic kilometre champion Chris Hoy has started a petition on his website where fans can register their protest at the decision to drop the kilo and 500-metre events from the Games.

"No one who witnessed the incredible atmosphere in the Athens velodrome could ever have believed that these events were somehow unworthy of inclusion in the Olympic programme," Cookson continued. "I feel that it causes a major loss to the heritage of the Olympic Games and major problems for the Olympic family of nations, for no significant benefit to anyone."

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