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  • From the Guardian article: "the review allegedly finds that the British Cycling board not only “sanitised” the report into Jess Varnish’s allegations of discrimination against Sutton but reversed the findings of its own grievance officer".

    If true of course, a board actually overturning its control mechanisms (rather than not having adequate controls, as per the medical records) is going well beyond a performance culture.

    That sort of approach may be sustainable in commercial organisations with deep pockets for payouts and legal hushing of ex-employees, or perhaps where there is adequate compartmentalisation (I bet the hairdryer was kept well away from youth team, or salaried office staff). It isn't at a largely publicly funded org, and shows extremely poor governance and attitude to risk.

    In short, how can anything that BC says be trusted?

  • It's worrying for sure, but remember this is a leaked copy of the report, before it's been finalised. It may be completely accurate, but there's a chance it isn't. I think it's reasonable to wait until the report is published before calling in the hounds.


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