Biathlon Canada is pleased to announce that it has signed an agreement to join Abuse-Free Sport, the new independent program to prevent and address maltreatment in sport.
Biathlon Canada, and its stakeholders at the national level, will have access to the services of the Office of the Sport Integrity Commissioner (OSIC), which serves as the central hub of Abuse-Free Sport, following a transition period which will end no later than February 23, 2023.
“Safe sport is everyone’s responsibility. Biathlon Canada is fully committed to doing our part to support a growing national movement that is changing the culture of sport in this country. As part of that commitment, we are eager to sign on to Abuse-Free Sport and to soon have the OSIC to administer our safe sport complaints,” Heather Ambery, CEO said. “The sport community has been asking for a consistent national program. It’s an important step forward for everyone involved in sport in Canada.”
During the transition period, Biathlon Canada is completing full adoption of the Universal Code of Conduct to Prevent and Address Maltreatment in Sport (UCCMS), which it must do before it can become part of the Abuse-Free Sport program, and making the required policy changes.
Prior to February 23, 2023, Biathlon Canada participants who have experienced or witnessed abuse will continue to have access to independent third-party services through Brian Ward firstname.lastname@example.org
There is more information about the Abuse-Free Sport program HERE
, on the OSIC HERE
, and on Biathlon Canada HERE