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National sports leaders discuss athlete safety in Ottawa

The summit comes as the entire board of the Ottawa Lions track and field club resigned this week, after allegations of inappropriate sexual behaviour against the recently-fired chair and a now-former coach.
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2019-05-09-CAC_PRIMARY

Canadian leaders in sport are in Ottawa, discussing ways to keep athletes safe from sexual abuse and other mistreatment.

"That...is the behaviour that has happened in the past, that has come back to bite us, rightfully so," said Lorraine Lafrenière, CEO of the Coaching Association of Canada.

Lafrenière's organization is hosting this week's summit, which is discussing a national code of conduct. One of the topics of discussion is a ban on sexual relationships between coaches and their athletes, at the national level.

"Some sports already have it implemented," Lafrenière told 1310 NEWS. "But it's making sure that at the national level, at the very least, that we all have the same universal clause related to that."

The summit comes as the entire board of the Ottawa Lions track and field club resigned this week, after allegations of inappropriate sexual behaviour against the recently-fired chair and a now-former coach. The board is accused, by Athletics Canada, of trying to hamper the investigation into the complaints.




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