Sports must guard against child abuse, Australian Olympic chief warns

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SYDNEY: Sports federations must be as vigilant in monitoring for cases of child abuse as they are for doping, Australia’s Olympic chief said on Thursday, revealing a welfare officer will be at the Rio Games to handle any complaints. John Coates made the comments while giving evidence to a long-running Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. The government ordered the inquiry in 2012 after a decade of growing pressure to investigate allegations of pedophilia across the country and has heard claims of child abuse involving churches, orphanages and schools.

AFP

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