Unfortunately, harassment and abuse in sport are a reality. They take many different forms including psychological abuse (isolation, verbal assault, humiliation, intimidation and infantilisation), physical abuse (any deliberate and unwelcome acts, such as punching, beating, kicking, biting and burning, which cause physical trauma or injury), neglect (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) or sexual harassment and abuse (any unwanted and unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature).
At the IOC, and at the Youth Olympic Games, our role is to promote safe sport and the protection of athletes from all forms of harassment and abuse. While sport is global, crossing cultures and law, only one culture applies – and that is one of RESPECT.
You not only have the right but also deserve to always be and feel safe and confident practising sport, at school, at your local sports club, or during competitions. People must respect you, and your body, just as you must respect others.
If you see or experience any form of harassment and abuse, be it verbal, physical, in person or online, a one-off or a repeated incident – remember: there is no shame, so speak out!
How? Speak to the IOC Safeguarding Officer, who is there for you in the Youth Olympic Village at the Safe Sport booth. Or talk to anyone you trust in your entourage, or even your Athlete Role Model, Young Change-Maker or Chef de Mission, who can help you find the IOC Safeguarding Officer.
If you prefer to talk about it online or anonymously, report any concerns or incidents via the hotline.