The director of a women's team, sentenced to three years for sexual harassment

The UCI has decided to sanction Marc Bracke, manager of Doltcini-Van Eyck with this suspension after the complaint made by several runners.


The International Cycling Union announced this Friday the three-year suspension of the director of the women's cycling team Doltcini-Van Eyck Marc Bracke after several riders denounced him for sexual harassment.

The UCI states that, after the opening of a disciplinary file, its Ethics Commission confirmed that the episodes carried out by Bracke constituted a crime of sexual harassment according to article 6.4 of the UCI Code of Ethics. "Therefore the Disciplinary Commission has ordered the suspension of Mr. Bracke from any function in cycling for a period of three years."

The UCI further states that "as an additional measure and condition to regain his license after the suspension period, Mr. Bracke must participate in an awareness program taught by a recognized professional institution" .

For the UCI, Bracke's sanction "sets an important precedent in the fight against sexual harassment. It is essential for the well-being of athletes that they can trust the institutions and feel free to report any form of abuse."

In the statement, the UCI also shows its support to all those who want to report these acts, highlights that important measures have been adopted to prevent and punish more effectively forms of abuse in cycling and state that new actions will be carried out such as the appointment of an Integrity and Education Manager at the end of September 2021.

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