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Wrestling Canada Lutte statement on CBC investigation into abuse in sport

February 12, 2019

Wrestling Canada Lutte (WCL) supports CBC’s recent investigation into abuse in the Canadian sporting system.

WCL is putting in place processes, procedures and policies to help create a safe environment for all participants. We believe that athletes, coaches, officials, staff and volunteers have the right to participate in a safe and inclusive training and competitive environment that is free from abuse, harassment, bullying and/ or discrimination. We are committed to making our culture better and are putting in place inclusive processes to help support our commitment to safe sport in 2019.

WCL is in the process of constituting a Safe Sport Working Group that is focused on developing a coordinated Safe Sport framework for all participants. WCL has also identified that there needs to be greater consistency of Safe Sport efforts across Canada and will require a coordinated approach with PTSOs and local clubs. Our athletes have shared and supported this position and continue to lend their voices to creating a system solution.

CBC’s investigation into abuse in amateur sport in Canada:

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WCL’s Safe Sport priorities for 2019 include:

  • Striking a national Safety First Task force to review recommendations stemming from the Report Concerning Independent Review of Coaching Culture for WCL and to map out a strategy to prioritize and implement the most important initiatives.
  • Committing to engage athletes and coaches in the process.
  • Committing to doing a ‘pulse check’ in June and December 2019 with athletes and coaches to monitor progress and make necessary adjustments.

To read more about WCL’s ongoing commitment to Safe Sport, please click here.