Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

June 30, 2016

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Varnish will not appeal non-selection for Rio

by CyclingTips

British track sprinter Jess Varnish will not appeal her non-selection for the Rio Olympics, saying that appealing the decision would be a pointless process.

European championships track cycling 2013 day-2

“It’s pretty plain to see that selectors discretion would not be in my favor,” she said in a statement. “It’s sad that an organization that once prided itself on fact and data now pick and choose riders on discretion. I know I’m not the only rider to feel like this.”

Varnish and Kelly Marchant failed to seal an Olympic spot for the women’s team sprint at the world championships in London. Her contract with British Cycling was not renewed following that. Later it emerged that British Cycling technical director Shane Sutton allegedly made discriminatory to Varnish, resulting in his resignation.

“No reason for my non-selection was given,” Varnish said, referring to new team manager Andy Harrison. “He did provide me with the appeals procedure and 48 hours in which to reply. It is heavily weighted in favor of British Cycling, puts significant financial risk on the athlete, and ultimately comes down to selectors’ discretion.”

“With no access to a bike or track, I decided to stop training for Rio and move on with my life. I will therefore not be appealing my non-selection.”

Click through to read more at Reuters.