Raft of claims against for­mer sprint coach

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lete, as well as com­plaints about bul­ly­ing ath­letes and drink­ing while over­seas with the na­tional team. ‘‘Al­though our en­vi­ron­ment is around pres­sure and in­ten­sity there is ab­so­lutely no place for bul­ly­ing,’’ Scott said. ‘‘HPSNZ needs to un­der­stand our peo­ple, our pro­cesses and our ac­tions. That’s what this in­ves­ti­ga­tion will do.’’ When Scott was in­formed by his staff of the com­plaints he fol­lowed up with Cy­cling NZ CEO An­drew Mathe­son.

CNZ re­leased a state­ment on Wed­nes­day stat­ing that Pe­den was step­ping down be­cause his ap­proach was not aligned with that of CNZ.

Scott said mat­ters could have been han­dled bet­ter but he did not want to spec­u­late fur­ther.

‘‘What I will be looking at here at HPSNZ is what we knew and what action was taken around this al­le­ga­tion.

‘‘We need to learn from any short­com­ings so that this does not hap­pen in the future.’’

More than 20 staff have left CNZ since the 2016 Rio Olympics, with some cit­ing the toxic en­vi­ron­ment within the cy­cling team as the rea­son.

Pe­den could not be reached for comment.

Pe­den, who had been head sprint coach since 2013, guided the men’s team sprint trio to un­par­al­leled suc­cess with three world cham­pi­onship ti­tles, an Olympic sil­ver medal at Rio and 14 Com­mon­wealth Games medals – in­clud­ing back-to-back golds in the team and in­di­vid­ual sprint.

Cy­cling New Zealand said it could not comment due to its con­tract with Pe­den.

An­thony Pe­den

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