British cycling coach found to have made sexist remarks
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.