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British Cycling independent review due for February release

Shane Sutton
Cyclist magazine
18 Jan 2017

The independent review conducted into culture at British Cycling set to be made public in February

Work carried out by PA Sport has revealed that the independent review looking into culture at British Cycling has been completed, although the results will not be made public until next month. 

A statement released to PA Sport, a UK Sport spokesperson said: 'UK Sport and British Cycling have now received the report from the Independent Review Panel into the climate and culture within the World Class Programme of British Cycling.

'The respective commissioning bodies of UK Sport and British Cycling are now reviewing the report and the panel's recommendations which will be discussed with each respective organisation's boards with a view to publishing the findings and recommendations and a responding statement.

'We are endeavouring to complete this process as soon as is practicable to allow for proper and due consideration of the report.'

As has been pointed out, UK Sport's next board meeting is on the 2nd of February, and so it is thought that the report will be made public shortly after that. 

The review was instigated after allegations of sexism, made by former GB rider Jess Varnish, were brought upon the organisation and its former performance director Shane Sutton. After his consequential suspension and resignation, an internal invesigation made by British Cycling found Sutton guilty of just one charge out of nine bought against him - a decision that enraged both he and Varnish.

The results of this investigation have contributed to the independent review, along with around 80 submissions from the 200 or so individuals that were contacted for interview by the panel. 

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