Sexual Harassment in Sport

The Sports Authority of India (SAI) issued an advisory to all national sports federations after several cases of sexual harassment of female athletes by male coaches came to light in recent days. The SAI has asked them to take steps to ensure safety of women athletes. SAI has made it mandatory for all federations to ensure female athletes are accompanied by a female coach during domestic and international travel. SAI has also asked the federations to appoint a ‘compliance officer’ at national camps and tours in order to ensure the ‘Standard Operating Procedure on prevention of sexual harassment’ is followed, and that any violation is reported ‘at the earliest’.

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