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Cycling 'sexism and bullying' report due out


It was launched in April 2016 when track cyclist Jess Varnish made allegations of sexism and bullying against coach Shane Sutton after she was dropped by Team GB.

Several other riders also made allegations against Sutton, all of which he denied. The Australian was suspended, but immediately quit.

Shane Sutton quite after the allegations were made
Image: Shane Sutton quit British Cycling after he was suspended

Shane Sutton with Laura Kenny on 2012
Image: The cycling coach with Laura Kenny in 2012

Cyclist Nicole Cooke then told a parliamentary select committee that British Cycling was “run by men, for men”.

An internal investigation by the British Cycling board upheld a complaint that Mr Sutton had described female riders as “bitches”.

The review has taken 14 months, although a draft report was leaked to a newspaper earlier this year.

Paralympic legend Dame Tanni Gray-Thompson carried out a similar review into sports that receive National Lottery funding.

“We are better than just chewing up people and spitting them out at the end,” she told Sky News.

Dame Tani Grey-Thompson an inspiration to many including New Zealand rugby legend Sean Fitzpatrick
Image: Dame Tani Grey-Thompson says athletes must be protected and looked after

“It’s a pretty tough life being an athlete and it’s only right that we protect them and look after them.

“In our desire to win medals and not compromise, things got a few steps too far. We will still win medals, we will just do it in a different way.”

All sports will have to adhere to a strict new code of governance from November – or they will lose their funding.

British Cycling is due to receive £43m from UK Sport and Sport England – investment that will be threatened if it does not comply.

The report will be published at 11am.

Sky Sports