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Working Zone 3: 5 October 2018  11:30 - 12:50

Working Zone Respect

Research and testimony demonstrate that harassment and abuse occur in sport, compounded by a lack of athlete safeguarding policies and procedures. The IOC Consensus Statement (2016) identifies five main forms of harassment and abuse: psychological abuse, sexual abuse, sexual harassment, neglect and physical abuse. Harassment and abuse may impair athletes’ performance, be associated with doping, increase athletes' willingness to cheat, lead to athlete drop-out, undermine the trust that athletes place in sports administrators, and/or result in a variety of presentations in survivors, including psychosomatic illnesses, disordered eating, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, self-harm and even suicide. To prevent harassment and abuse, to effect organisational, institutional and secular-cultural change, and to perpetuate a culture which respects the rights of all, it is essential that we learn from each other and share best practices.

Facilitator: HRH Prince Feisal Al Hussein, IOC Member; IOC Women in Sport Commission Vice-Chair, IOC Prevention of Harassment and Abuse in Sport Working Group Chair, Jordan

  • Maria Bobenrieth, Executive Director, Women Win, The Netherlands
  • Colin Harris, Former Professional Footballer Academic, University of Brighton, United Kingdom
  • Diane Huffman, Senior Advisor, Norwegian Olympic and Paralympic Committee Confederation of Sports, Norway
  • Karen Leach, Child Protection Advocate, Ireland
  • Morinari Watanabe, President, International Gymnastics Federation, Japan


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