British Cycling uphold Varnish's Sutton accusations

British Cycling has upheld an allegation of inappropriate and discriminatory language used by former technical director Shane Sutton towards Jess Varnish.

The governing body launched an international investigation in April after Varnish claimed Sutton made derogatory remarks to her.

Varnish alleged the Australian told her to "go and have a baby" after she was dropped from the Great Britain team following her failure to qualify for the Rio Olympics.

The 25-year-old also claims Sutton told her she was "too old" and "not worth wasting UK Sport's money" along with other comments dating back "many years".

British Cycling suspended Sutton late in April and has now supported Varnish's accusations.

"Following an internal investigation, the British Cycling board has upheld an allegation made by Jess Varnish that former technical director Shane Sutton had used inappropriate and discriminatory language," said a statement released by British Cycling.

"The board wishes to put on record its sincere regret that this happened. The findings of the investigation will help the development of the organisation alongside the independent review into the culture of the World Class Programme, jointly commissioned by British Cycling and UK Sport, and led by Annamarie Phelps.

"The full text of the board's report has been made available to the independent review. No further comment will be made until that review has reported its findings."

Sutton told The Telegraph last week he was confident he would be cleared of any wrongdoing and hoped to return to his role.

Varnish opted not to launch a "pointless" appeal against the decision by her country's selectors to overlook her for the Rio Games.

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