British Cycling culture report delayed until after June's General Election

An independent review into allegations of bullying and sexism at British Cycling due to be published in week after General Election on June 8

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A report into the culture at British Cycling will not be published until after the General Election on June 8. The report is the result of a review into allegations of bullying and sexism within the organisation.

The independent report was commissioned by BC and UK Sport, with the investigation commencing in the light of allegations made by former GB track sprinter Jess Varnish in April 2016.

According to PA Sport, the report is now finished but cannot be published until after the British General Election due to the convention of 'purdah', where no important documents relating to government can be published in the period leading up to the election.

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It is likely that the already delayed report will be published in the week following the election.

Five members make up the independent panel performing the review: Stuart Lancaster, John Mehrzad, Annie Panter, Jude Kelly and chair of the review Annamarie Phelps.

A draft of the report was leaked to the Daily Mail in March, which suggested that the panel found substance to Varnish's claims. However, any early draft of the report would, by its nature, be incomplete as it may not include a response from all parties to any specific allegations.


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