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by Shane Stokes
June 13, 2017
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Jess Varnish (GBR) pictured during 2013 European championships. Her accusations launched the independent investigation into British Cycling.
Over a year after allegations of bullying and discrimination were made by rider Jess Varnish against the-then British Cycling technical director Shane Sutton, a long-awaited report into the matter is about to be released.
The independent review was commissioned by British Cycling and UK Sport in April 2016, in the wake of the allegations made by Varnish. She had been critical of BC when she missed out on Olympic qualification in the team sprint, and was told that she would no longer be part of the elite programme.
Sutton had said that declining performance by Varnish was the reason, but she told the Daily Mail in April 2016 that he had told her to ‘get on with having a baby.’ She also claimed that he had made comments about her weight. Although he denied the allegations, other riders then came forward with their own claims of harassment. He stepped aside from his role but insisted that he would be cleared.
British Cycling held a separate internal investigation and dismissed eight of the nine charges against him. It did conclude that he had used ‘inappropriate and discriminatory language,’ but the general rejection of the claims against him led to accusations of a whitewash.
However a draft report from the independent review was given to the boards of British Cycling and UK Sport just before Christmas and was highly critical. This prompted panic and also several resignations at BC. Now the final report is set to be published on Wednesday, with the repercussions to become clear after that.