Canada’s sports minister is anticipating a wave of complaints when the new Office of the Sports Integrity Commissioner begins its term later this month.
The country’s first Sports Integrity Commissioner, Sarah-Yves Pelletier, will begin receiving and processing complaints on June 20.
The American Center for Safe Sports, which was founded in 2017, said it received 5,000 reports and disciplined more than 600 people in its first three years of operation.
In Pascal Saint Ong’s first five months as Canada’s sports minister, allegations of mistreatment, sexual abuse or embezzlement were made against at least eight national sports organizations in what she called a “crisis”.
St-Onge has established the Office of the Commissioner for Sports Integrity (BCIS) as an independent entity to investigate reports of abuse.
“We also expect a retroactive effect,” St-Onge told the Canadian press. I know there will be a lot of phone calls just because of the stories we’ve been hearing over the past few weeks and months.
“I was really shocked by the stories we heard.”
“I’m glad we’ll have an independent mechanism. I know the first few years are going to be tough, but what I’m hoping for is that we have a future where the athletes, as soon as situations arise, they know (who) to turn to, so we can intervene as quickly as possible.” possible.”
This year’s federal budget provided C$16 million to fund OSIC’s operations for the first three years.
Sports Canada already pays more than $1 million annually to the Canadian Sports Dispute Resolution Center (SDRCC), which provides arbitration and mediation services to resolve disputes.
In comparison, the US SafeSport Center’s funding in 2020 amounted to $18.2 million, with the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee contributing $11.5 million.
St-Onge promised: “We will closely monitor how things go, if the resources are sufficient.” We have already funded the Towns and Villages Development Center (SDRCC). That extra $16 million over the next three years, we’ll see how it goes.
“This new mechanism is for me an absolute priority, because it is effective.”
All national sports organizations adhere to a global code of conduct. St-Onge says she met with the National Sports Organization (NSO) about safe sports.
And the minister continued, “They all know that this is a real big problem, and I will not continue to put up with the situations and stories we heard.”
“They all know that we are changing the culture, and they have to be a part of it. We are going to raise the bar for what we expect of them, and how they should prevent these situations from happening.”
Canadian Basketball Campaign
St-Onge is supporting the Canadian Basketball Association’s Learn About The Signs Safe Sport campaign that was announced Thursday in Ottawa at the Canadian Basketball Elite League match between Blackjack and Scarborough Shooting stars. The minister attended the match.
The campaign, funded by Sport Canada, includes a dramatic advertisement for toxic behaviour.
“We can’t be in every gym in this country, but we can hold every gym accountable,” said Basketball Canada CEO Michael Bartlett.
“Our job must be to use our megaphone, our platform, our marketing power, and our resources, to collectively bring to the attention of the basketball community what is and is not acceptable, so that they have the ability to speak out against unacceptable behavior and have the tools and resources at their disposal to learn What to do in these situations.”
“We do this because our job is to take the lead in sharing and promoting what is right and what is wrong.”
Bartlett is set for an advertising campaign that aims to inspire people to report cases of child abuse and abuse in the sport of basketball.
“It’s a good sign that an organization as big as Canadian Basketball is going to do something about it,” St-Onge admitted. In light of the most recent stories we’ve heard, one of the problems with the mathematical system is the culture of silence.
“People have remained silent in the face of these situations. Talking about it is a really important first step.”
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