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by Shane Stokes
October 25, 2017
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Controversially dropped from British Cycling’s team amid allegations by her that she had been subjected to sexism and discrimination, Jess Varnish may yet be able to return to BC’s podium programme.
According to the Daily Mail, the federation’s performance team have finally agreed to tell Varnish and her representatives what standards she would need to reach in order to be reconsidered for the programme. Sources have told the newspaper that the standards quotes are no higher than she was achieving prior to being removed from the programme in the first place.
Varnish and team sprint partner Katy Marchant was publically critical of British Cycling after they missed qualification for the Rio Olympics. Varnish said there had been ‘no real plan’ for their campaign. In April of last year the Mail revealed that she had been dropped from the track squad; she later told the paper that technical director Shane Sutton had told her she was “too old” and that she should “move on and get a baby.”
He denied this but resigned from his position after he was accused of being dismissive of female athletes and derogatory towards paracycling competitors. British Cycling investigated the matter and ultimately decided he had ‘used inappropriate and discriminatory language,’ one of the claims investigated against him. British Cycling publicly apologised to her and announced a review of their coaching practices and rider care procedures. Varnish was not satisfied, saying she was considering legal action over the dropping of the other accusations against Sutton.
It remains to be seen if she will indeed rejoin the programme. She is just 26 years of age, and should in theory have several more strong years of competition ahead.
Click through to read more at the Daily Mail.