To protect Canadian athletes from abuse, the federal government will tighten its criteria for funding sports organizations.
Posted at 12:52 PM.
Updated at 2:51 PM.
“Over the past few days, months and weeks, there have been many allegations of abuse and mistreatment making headlines week after week. These are hard things to read, but they must mobilize us collectively to find solutions,” said Pascal Saint-Aung, Minister of Sports and Minister Responsible immediately. About the Canadian Economic Development Agency for the regions. Quebec, in a newspaper Sunday morning conference.
Sports organizations now have to make sure they meet safety standards if they want federal funding. In particular, they will be required to join the Office of the Sports Integrity Commissioner.
The office will operate independently to receive complaints about alleged violations. When necessary, it will launch independent investigations and recommend penalties for those found guilty of a violation.
“This review is essential. It will allow us to strengthen the capacity to carry out follow-ups and checks, in order to ensure that standards are met with organizations.”I Saint Ong.
Sports Canada will also form a committee of athletes to increase their representation in the sports system. This commission will allow organizations to obtain advice and better understand the realities of Canadian athletes.
On the other hand, the Canadian Olympic Committee announced, on Saturday, an investment of $ 10 million in initiatives in favor of safety in sports. “We are committed to working with athletes, sports leaders and other stakeholders to ensure this investment has the maximum impact,” David Shoemaker, CEO and Secretary General of the Canadian Olympic Committee, said on Sunday.
“We have all witnessed the many condemnations of athletes over the past few months. I would like to salute their courage once again. It is the strength of their speaking that highlights the unacceptable situations that compel us all. […] To be better and to do better. I am convinced that these tours were necessary to break the culture of silence,” said the minister.
In early March, a letter signed by more than 60 athletes was sent to the Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton (BCS) Board of Directors, alleging issues with culture, safety, transparency and governance.
In late March, a group of more than 70 Canadian gymnasts issued an open letter calling on the government to conduct an independent investigation into “the toxic culture and abusive practices that persist in the world of Canadian gymnastics.”
In May, Boxing Canada’s director of high performance, Daniel Trepanier, was publicly accused by more than 100 sites of “feeding a toxic culture” under the national programme.
In the spring of 2018, eight young hockey players allegedly sexually assaulted a young woman in a hotel room. The gang rape allegedly took place hours after a party hosted by Hockey Canada. On April 20, the young woman filed a lawsuit against eight players, the league itself and Hockey Canada. The suit says Hockey Canada “ignored or failed to reasonably address the abuse.”
to mI St-Onge, coaches, staff, and organizations must “ensure environments that are healthy and free from abuse and abuse.”
With Nicholas Richard, JournalismCanadian Press and Agence France-Presse
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