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Harassment and abuse in sport occurs worldwide

Harassment and abuse occurs in all sports disciplines

Elite athletes may be at a higher risk

IOC Athlete Safeguarding Toolkit (2017)

What is Harassment and Abuse in Sport?

Harassment and abuse can be expressed in five forms which may occur in combination or in isolation. These forms of abuse are defined here as:

Psychological Abuse means any unwelcome act including confinement, isolation, verbal assault, humiliation, intimidation, infantilisation, or any other treatment which may diminish the sense of identity, dignity, and self-worth.

Sexual Harassment means any unwanted and unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature, whether verbal, non-verbal or physical. Sexual harassment can take the form of sexual abuse.

Sexual Abuse means any conduct of a sexual nature, whether non-contact, contact or penetrative, where consent is coerced/manipulated or is not or cannot be given.

Neglect means the failure of a coach or another person with a duty of care towards the Athlete to provide a minimum level of care to the Athlete, which is causing harm, allowing harm to be caused, or creating an imminent danger of harm.

Physical Abuse means any deliberate and unwelcome act that causes physical trauma or injury, this includes things such as inappropriate training loads, forced doping, training whilst in pain, punching, etc.

Full definitions can be found in the IOC Consensus Statement 2016

Whilst not all cases constitute a criminal offence, all are breach of human rights and can have severe detrimental impacts to athletes.

Factsheets
Safe Sport Entourage Factsheet: Performance

For “On the Field” Coaches, Sports Scientists, Trainers

Safe Sport Entourage Factsheet: Sports Organisations

For NOCs, IFs and NFs

Safe Sport Entourage Factsheet: Health & Well-being

For Doctors, Physios, Counsellors and other Health Professionals

Safe Sport Entourage Factsheet: Family & Friends

For parents, partners, friends and siblings.

Safe Sport Entourage Factsheet: Legal & Commercial

For Lawyers, Agents and Sponsors.

The practice of sport is a human right.
Every individual must have the possibility of practising sport without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit, which requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play.
Fourth Fundamental Principle of Olympism
The Olympic Charter