Cycling charity asset confusion for Bradley

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CONCERNS have been raised over how an organisation set up by Wigan-based cycling champ Sir Bradley Wiggins has spent its money.

Officials from the Charity Commission say they are looking into a complaint about how cash donated to the Bradley Wiggins Foundation has been used.

A Charity Commission spokesman said it was seeking clarification from Sir Bradley’s foundation.

She said: “We have been made aware of concerns about how the Bradley Wiggins Foundation is spending money which has been donated to it.

“We have contacted the trustees to clarify how the funds are being applied and remind them of the need to be open and transparent in dealing with donors and the public in accounting for how the charity’s funds have been used.”

Under Charity Commission rules, the Bradley Wiggins Foundation does not need to file its accounts until next February.

Sir Bradley is currently involved in a legal dispute with his former management firm MTC over his earnings from his Tour De France triumph and sponsorship deals.

This is expected to be resolved next February, in time for the accounts to be presented to the commission.

Wiggins, whose wife, Catherine, hails from Shevington, launched the charity in autumn 2012.

It states that its objects are to “promote regular healthy recreation by encouraging participation in sport and provide support, assistance and encouragement” to people in sport.

It pledges sponsorship of the Wiggle Honda team, the An Post Racing team and a series of criterium races at Salt Ayre in Lancaster.

It has held two cycling fund-raising events, Ride with Brad, in 2012 and 2013 and a charity ball in 2012. He said he planned to “scale down” activities, and the Ride with Brad would not happen this year because of his training.

Sir Bradley won the Tour de France in 2012 before going to claim gold in the Olympic time-trial.