Jess Varnish: Way clear for former Olympic sprinter to sue British Cycling and UK Sport

Court rules that former Great Britain track cycling sprinter Jess Varnish can pursue claim against British Cycling and UK Sport for unfair dismissal and discrimination

Jess Varnish.

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Jess Varnish has been told by the court that she can pursue a legal claim against British Cycling and UK Sport for unfair dismissal, sexual discrimination, detriment from whistleblowing and victimisation.

The former Great Britain track sprinter was ejected from the national squad in April 2016 on the basis that her performance was not at the level expected by the squad. It meant that she could not take part in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

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