Bri­tish cy­cling coach found to have made sex­ist re­marks

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

An in­ves­ti­ga­tion has found that one of the key fig­ures be­hind Bri­tain’s suc­cess­ful Olympic cy­cling team used “in­ap­pro­pri­ate and dis­crim­i­na­tory lan­guage” to­ward a fe­male rider.

Shane Sut­ton re­signed as Bri­tish Cy­cling’s tech­ni­cal direc­tor in April over al­le­ga­tions of sex­ism made by Jess Var­nish, who said the Aus­tralian coach told her to “move on and have a baby” after she failed to qual­ify for this year’s Olympics and also made deroga­tory com­ments about her body shape.

Bri­tish Cy­cling launched an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the com­ments and re­ported its find­ings to the board on Fri­day, say­ing it up­held Var­nish’s al­le­ga­tion.

“The board wishes to put on record its sin­cere re­gret that this hap­pened,” Bri­tish Cy­cling said in a state­ment.

Sut­ton had re­jected the al­le­ga­tions made by Var­nish, as well as claims by para-cy­clist Darren Kenny that he heard Sut­ton re­fer to mem­bers of the dis­abil­ity team in deroga­tory terms.

The 25-year-old Var­nish said she was “re­lieved” at Bri­tish Cy­cling’s find­ings.

Sut­ton is a re­spected coach who has been with the Bri­tain squad since 2002. He was made an Of­fi­cer of the Or­der of the Bri­tish Em­pire by Queen El­iz­a­beth II in her hon­ours list in 2010.

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