Investigation into athletics coach

The Guardian has recently revealed that leading track and field coach Rana Reider is to be investigated by the US Center for Safesport after multiple complaints of sexual misconduct were made against him.  SafeSport investigates claims of emotional, physical and sexual misconduct in sport, although the independent body has not yet released a statement relating to Reider.

Reider was employed by UK Athletics as sprints and jumps coach from 2012-2014 before moving his training base to the Netherlands and then to Florida.  He trains numerous elite athletes, including British sprinters Adam Gemili and Daryll Neita, at his Florida-based Tumbleweed Track Club.

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Abuse in athletics – a recent conviction

Philip Banning, a former Welsh national athletics coach has this week been jailed for seven and a half years, with his name put on the sex offenders register for life, for abusing four girls all under the age of 16, at Andover Athletic Club between 1976 and 1982.  Banning, who also represented Great Britain at the 1975 European Indoor Championships, pleaded guilty to 18 counts of indecent assault at Winchester Crown Court.  In sentencing, the judge commented that Banning had been ‘idolised’ by his victims and that he was responsible for a ‘grave abuse of trust’.

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