Var­nish dis­pute with Bri­tish Cy­cling and UK Sport to go to tri­bunal

The Gulf Today - Panorama - - SPORT -

Jess Var­nish’s long-run­ning dis­pute with Bri­tish Cy­cling and UK Sport is to be heard be­fore Manch­ester Em­ploy­ment Tri­bunal next week, her le­gal rep­re­sen­ta­tive has an­nounced. Track cy­clist Var­nish was seek­ing to com­pete at the

2016 Rio Olympics, but was re­moved from the Great Bri­tain team just a few months prior to the Games. She al­leges she was dis­crim­i­nated against and the tri­bunal, over the irst part of her claim, will con­sider only if, as an ath­lete in re­ceipt of UK Sport fund­ing, she was self-em­ployed or an em­ployee.the case could have reper­cus­sions for the hun­dreds of ath­letes, across Olympic and Par­a­lympic dis­ci­plines, who are backed by UK Sport and their re­spec­tive na­tional gov­ern­ing bod­ies. Should it be ruled that Var­nish was an em­ployee, the par­ties would re­con­vene for a tri­bunal in 2019 to de­cide whether she suf­fered from sex dis­crim­i­na­tion.

Var­nish was dropped by Bri­tish Cy­cling in April 2016 after the 2016 Track Cy­cling World Cham­pi­onships in Lon­don, after the two-woman, two-rider team sprint squad she was part of failed to qual­ify for the Rio Olympics. The ath­lete, now 28, al­leged sex dis­crim­i­na­tion against Shane Sut­ton, then the tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor of Bri­tish Cy­cling. Sut­ton re­signed and was sub­se­quently found to have used sex­ist lan­guage.

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