Jessica Varnish will not appeal Rio Olympics snub

Jessica Varnish, left and Victoria Pendleton after being disqualified after the track cycling women's team sprint qualifying

Jessica Varnish, left and Victoria Pendleton after being disqualified after the track cycling women's team sprint qualifying

TRACK sprinter Jessica Varnish has said she will not be appealing a decision to exclude her from the Team GB cycling squad after she was dropped in April.

Varnish, who claimed she was the victim of a bullying culture within Team GB and complained of sexist comments that resulted in the resignation of technical director Shane Sutton, was not in the final lineup announced by Sutton's replacement Andy Harrison on Friday June 24.

The 25-year-old who won the silver medal at the World Track Championships in 2011 had argued that she had data to prove she was worthy of a selection for Rio.

She claimed Sutton had told her to "go and have a baby," and that her non-selection was due to a culture of favouritism. 

In a statement released today she said she had decided not to appeal her non-selection after learning of British Cycling's appeals procedure, also announced last Friday.

"I’ve shared this procedure with a legal expert and the British Athletes Commission, and I’m sad to report that it isn’t new. Nothing has changed to the other appeals procedures I’ve been through. It is heavily weighted in favour of British Cycling, puts significant financial risk on the athlete, and ultimately comes down to selectors' discretion."

Varnish added that for this reason she would not appeal, but was excited about her future. 

"I’ve completed my personal training exams, am completing my pilates instructor exams, and am hoping to study sports nutrition at Manchester Metropolitan University. I’ve also received exciting offers from the cycling world, including professional cycling teams, and am certainly not giving up on my dream of continuing to compete as a professional athlete."

Varnish added that she would compete for Great Britain again. "I’m not too old, I have the desire to win and I’ll be back."