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Date registered: February 9, 2016
URL: http://www.theguardian.com/sport/tennis

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UK Sport ‘went easy’ on British Cycling to keep medal factory functioning

• UK Sport told governance unit to ‘go easy’ on British Cycling, says source
• Sport funding body denies allegations

Senior figures at the funding body UK Sport told its in-house governance unit to “go easy” on British Cycling because “that’s where the medals come from”, more than two years before Jess Varnish made public allegations of bullying and sexism, the Guardian has been told.

Other UK Sport insiders have also come forward to tell of their deepening unease about a culture where the zeal to beat the London 2012 medal haul at the Rio Olympics dominated everything and led to less-strict governance checks than they felt were required.

Related: Did manic desire for Olympic medals blind UK Sport to its responsibilities? | Sean Ingle

Related: Jess Varnish calls on British Cycling board to resign after leaked report

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