Toronto (Canada), 23 January. Dozens of sports academics on Monday asked Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to create a federal commission to investigate multiple allegations of sexual, physical and psychological abuse in sporting activities in Canada.
The group Academics Against Abuse in Canadian Sport pointed out in a letter sent to Trudeau that “the government’s response to the abuse of athletes is still inadequate”, which is why they consider the formation of the commission “urgent”. needed. independent research.
The group, made up of 91 academics belonging to 30 Canadian institutions and 17 from other countries, called the June 2022 constitution of the Office of the Sports Integrity Commissioner (OSIC) “inadequate”.
The OSIC was created by the Trudeau executive after a wave of abuse complaints from active and retired athletes from across the country’s sporting sector.
OSIC has been criticized for the slow pace with which it is accepting to investigate cases and its limitations, as it can only act in sports that have joined the federal body. OSIC also cannot act in provincial sports activities.
Academics decried that OSIC does not operate independently of sports authorities and therefore demanded that the Government of Canada designate an entity to conduct “an appropriate, comprehensive and trauma-sensitive inquiry into the systemic failures in the national sports system”.
The group said that OSIC’s current operation would only succeed in “silencing and re-traumatizing” victims of abuse in the world of sport.
OSIC’s rules require victims “not to discuss or disclose details of their complaints, allegations, or investigation to anyone, including on social media or publicly, except at the request of OSIC.”