Sutton quits as British cycling chief amid discrimination row

Wed Apr 27, 2016 4:31pm EDT
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LONDON (Reuters) - British Cycling technical director Shane Sutton resigned on Wednesday after being engulfed in a row about sexist and discriminatory remarks he is alleged to have made.

Australian Sutton was suspended on Tuesday pending the results of two internal investigations into reports that he made derogatory comments about rider Jess Varnish and, separately, para-cyclists, who British media alleged he had called "gimps" and "wobblies".

In a statement issued by the governing body on Wednesday, Sutton, who has denied all the allegations, said his departure was in the best interests of British Cycling.

"The developments over the past few days have clearly become a distraction. It is for this reason that I believe it is in the best interests of British Cycling for me to step down from my position as technical director," he said.

"It is important that the review announced by British Cycling and UK Sport now takes place, and I will obviously co-operate fully with this."

The claims have left the sport in turmoil 100 days before it is expected to put up a strong showing at the Olympic Games in Rio.

Britain won eight Olympic cycling gold medals at both Beijing in 2008 and London in 2012.

British cycling chief executive Ian Drake said the sport was not in crisis.

"Not at all," he told the BBC. "We have to get the independent review right and there is no point having a system where people feel they are not in a supportive environment and not potentially being given a duty of care," Drake added.   Continued...