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Australia steers IOC on athlete abuse

7 April 2016

AOC: The Australian Olympic Committee is leading an international push to protect young athletes from bullying and sexual predators, a royal commission has been told.

The child sex abuse commission is examining the child protection policies and procedures of sporting clubs and institutions.

On Thursday AOC president John Coates told the commission that since the royal commission started in Australia he had been involved in steering the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to recognise the issue of harassment and child abuse within its ethical behaviours by-laws.

For the first time the roadmap for the Olympic movement called Olympic Agenda 2020, which strengthens support for athletes and provides educational materials, has a framework for taking preventative measures and procedures for reporting child sex abuse, Mr Coates said.

Both Mr Coates and the AOC chief executive officer Fiona de Jong gave evidence on Thursday on what the national Olympic body is doing to protect young athletes.

The amended code of ethics is expected to be ratified by the IOC executive board in June and piloted at the games in Rio de Janeiro, Mr Coates said.

He said that the AOC had appointed former athletes to the executive and they were likely to be able to encourage young athletes to come forward and talk.


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