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Cyclist Jess Varnish's discrimination complaints not upheld

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Jess Varnish - the former Olympian from Bromsgrove - has said she is "shocked and upset" after learning only one of her nine complaints against former British Cycling technical director Shane Sutton was upheld by the national governing body.

British Cycling said in October that her complaint of "inappropriate and discriminatory language" against him had been upheld.

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However, Sutton has been cleared of eight of the counts against him.

A leaked document showed the British Cycling board only upheld the complaint that it was probable Sutton used the term "bitches".

The board returned 'not upheld' verdicts to,

  • The alleged use of the term "Sheilas"
  • Allegations of swearing
  • The claim that Sutton had told Varnish to "Get on with having a baby"
  • The branding women as difficult

Sutton resigned on April 27, 100 days before the Rio Olympics.

He rejected the specific allegations, but quit to avoid any distraction leading up to the Rio Games. He's said he'll appeal British Cycling's verdict.

Varnish failed to qualify for the Rio Olympics and was then dropped from the world class performance programme.

She has said she will appeal the findings of the internal investigation.