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AOC to release findings into bullying claims

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THE AUSTRALIAN Olympic Committee (AOC) is set to release findings of an independent review into the organisation’s workplace culture.

The review was commissioned in the wake of bullying claims within the AOC which came to light during a bitter ballot for the AOC presidency, retained by incumbent John Coates over challenger Danni Roche in May.

Coates and AOC chief executive Matt Carroll will detail the findings of the review at a media conference in Sydney today, where a new chef de mission for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will also be named.

The AOC triggered the review after several AOC staffers made claims of workplace bullying within the organisation.

Several claims centred on long-time AOC media director Mike Tancred, who remains stood down from his position.

Tancred stood down from his job during the presidency campaign and has been reprimanded for his conduct regarding ex-AOC chief executive Fiona de Jong. Tancred was cleared of a bullying allegation made by de Jong but was reprimanded by an separate investigation which found he engaged in disreputable conduct. Tancred stood down from his position on April 26 following de Jong’s claims that he threatened her while at the AOC.

De Jong’s allegation prompted a series of other accusations from former AOC employees and concerns among athletes and sports about the culture of the organisation.

Source: sports dailytelegraph

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