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British Cycling upholds allegations against Shane Sutton

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Shane Sutton and Jess Varnish

British Cycling has upheld the allegations against embattled former technical director Shane Sutton, following an independent review investigation.

Sutton had resigned his position after the governing body suspended him over allegations of sexist and discriminatory remarks towards female and paralympic athletes.

“Following an internal investigation, the British Cycling board has upheld an allegation made by Jess Varnish that former technical director Shane Sutton had used inappropriate and discriminatory language.

“The board wishes to put on record its sincere regret that this happened. The findings of the investigation will help the development of the organisation alongside the independent review into the culture of the World Class Programme, jointly commissioned by British Cycling and UK Sport, and led by Annamarie Phelps.”

Jess Varnish was the first to come forward with the allegations of inappropriate bevaviour by Sutton, after she was dropped from the Olympic programme in the lead-up to the Rio Games. Following that others came forward, both female and paralympic athletes, backing up Varnish’s claims.

The independent review into the culture at British Cycling, commissioned by the national governing body and elite sport funding body UK Sport, remains ongoing.