British Cycling to introduce code of conduct

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British Cycling chairman Jonathan Browning says some of the issues within the organisation have been ‘unacceptable’

British Cycling has started work on the development of a code of conduct as part of its response to an independent review into the culture of the organisation.

An investigation was launched following accusations of bullying and sexism against top-level cyclists.

A report on its findings is due in May.

The head of British Cycling, Jonathan Browning, said checks were being added to protect against “behaviours that are inappropriate” to an individual rider.

“The combination of new leadership team and structure, and the introduction of professional processes will ensure that we deliver on this promise,” Browning added.

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British Cycling published a 39-point action plan last month to address the draft findings of the independent review, commissioned in April 2016 by British Cycling alongside UK Sport, which provides elite funding to the organisation.

It came after former technical director Shane Sutton, who was was later cleared of eight of nine allegations, was found to have used sexist language towards cyclist Jess Varnish.

UK Sport chief executive Liz Nicholl says the independent review has “identified valuable lessons” both for British Cycling and other sports it funds.

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