Police investigate suspended GB Canoeing coach after child grooming and sexual assault claims

THE GUARDIAN – The crisis engulfing British Olympic sport over allegations of bullying and abuse has deepened with the revelation that police are investigating a former senior coach at British Canoeing after several allegations were made of child grooming and sexual assault.

It is understood that at least three female former athletes have made allegations to police. One athlete told investigators that the coach groomed her when she was under the age of 16 and that he later took advantage of his position of power by making unwanted sexual advances towards her. The alleged offences are believed to have taken place between 2006 and 2010.

The coach was suspended from his role at British Canoeing in December after a separate allegation was made to the governing body that he asked an elite athlete on the Paralympic performance programme to perform a sexual act on him in the approach to Rio 2016.

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