Latest News

Back to Latest News back

 

Australian Olympic Committee calls crisis meeting after threat allegations

Australian Olympic Committee calls crisis meeting after threat allegations
April 24, 2017
Legal / Sport /

The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) has called a crisis meeting after damaging allegations of threats, entrenched bullying and a toxic workplace culture.

According to media reports the AOC has confirmed a meeting will be held later this week.

The meeting comes days after the former AOC Chief Executive Fiona De Jong and the former Communications Officer Ryan Wells made complaints about a senior AOC employee who is a strong backer of the current President, John Coates.

The complaints have emerged publicly in the closing stages of the AOC’s presidential election campaign, the first challenge to Coates in his 27-year presidency.

De Jong accused the senior AOC employee of threatening her and her family late last year and attempting to blackmail her into withdrawing a previous complaint. De Jong said she had not felt safe being alone with him.

De Jong told the ABC “when the incident that gave rise to my complaint, I did, I called my husband and asked that he came down to the office and be with me.

“I would not have felt safe to be in (his company).

“Suffice to say he called me, he threatened, intimidated, bullied and what I felt amounted to blackmailing me ... to withdraw a complaint.

“The threat was not only to me but it involved my family.”

She said she made a complaint about the senior employee four months ago and told Coates of the behaviour. De Jong said nothing has been done.

Wells alleged that the senior AOC employee threatened to kill him in the lead-up to the 2004 Athens Olympics.

“(He) approached me, came into the office early one morning and came up to my desk ... stood over me about 60cm from my desk, in front of me, and threatened to kill me.

“It was quite a menacing and aggressive tone and stance. No employee expects to be threatened in that way ever and it’s completely unacceptable.”

Six months later, he said he was made redundant.

Wells said the AOC did not adequately deal with his complaint.

Coates and the senior AOC employee declined to comment on the allegations.

Coates is facing a challenge to his presidency from the businesswoman and 1996 Atlanta Olympics hockey gold medallist Danni Roche.

Roche has campaigned on a platform calling for a detailed audit of the AOC and pledged to take a pay cut, saying more money should be spent on athletes and sports development.

Coates says he is victim of a vindictive campaign to oust him as AOC President at a vote to be taken on 6th May.

Coates and his backers have suggested the campaign is being led by the Australian Sports Commission Chairman, John Wylie.

Wylie and Coates exchanged heated words during the Nitro Athletics event in Melbourne in February. Coates refused to shake hands with Wylie, later telling Fairfax Media that “I don’t shake hands with cunts”.

13th April 2017 - AOC’S ANNUAL REPORT DETAILS $40,000 PAY RISE FOR JOHN COATES

28th March 2017 - FORMER CHIEF EXECUTIVE IN REPORTED DISPUTE WITH AUSTRALIAN OLYMPIC COMMITTEE

16th March 2017 - JOHN WYLIE REAPPOINTED TO LEAD AUSTRALIAN SPORTS COMMISSION THROUGH TO THE TOKYO OLYMPICS

16th March 2017 - MATT CARROLL NAMED NEW AUSTRALIAN OLYMPIC COMMITTEE CHIEF EXECUTIVE

14th February 2017 - AUSTRALIAN OLYMPIC COMMITTEE BLOCKS AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF SPORT FROM TOKYO 2020 PLANNING

12th February 2017 - TOP SPORT ADMINISTRATORS IN PUBLIC DISPUTE AT MELBOURNE ATHLETICS EVENT 

10th October 2016 - AUSTRALIAN OLYMPIC COMMITTEE CHIEF EXECUTIVE MOVES ON

1st September 2016 - AUSTRALIAN SPORTS COMMISSION COMMITS TO WINNING EDGE PRINCIPLES AND FURTHER REFORMS 

23rd August 2016 - RIO DISAPPOINTMENTS IGNITES BATTLE OVER OLYMPIC SPORTS GOVERNANCE 

19th August 2016 - OLYMPIC PERFORMANCE DIPS AS AUSTRALIAN OLYMPIC COMMITTEE SALARIES SOAR


Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.

 

supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

Aussie Strength

We are Aussie Strength. The ultimate supplier for Commercial Gym Equipment that's built to deliver in the toughest environments. From USA-Built hardcore weight training equipment from Arsenal…

read more

Fitness / Technology / Wellness

 
 

Goplay Commercial Playground Equipment

Goplay designs and manufactures specialised playground equipment for indoor play centres, hotels, food chains, clubs and resorts. If our years of experience and dedication have taught us one thing,…

read more

Play

 
 
 

INTELLIGENZ

Recreation Management Software for managing all your program registrations, facility bookings, membership pass sales and Point of Sale; including detailed reporting, automated customer communication…

read more

Access / Billing / Finance / Marketing / Technology

 
 

Aquaspin

AQUASPIN™ - Aqua Cycling Aquaspin™’s sessions have been specially designed by our Master Trainer to be challenging yet fun group cycling sessions. Each session is tailored to…

read more

Aquatics / Fitness / Recreation / Wellness

 
 

Rae-Line

Sports Padding At Rae-Line we manufacture high quality sports padding, gym mats, foam mats and protective padding, suitable for a range of different facilities. Our sports padding is…

read more

Attractions / Fitness / Recreation / Safety / Sport

 
 

AUSFIT

Ausfit began in 1992, providing software services to the health and fitness sector including ClubWise, a fully hosted web-based product which combines state of the art club management software,…

read more

Billing / Finance / Fitness / Technology

 
 

PRIAVA

About Priava's Technology -  Priava is a cloud-based and centralised venue and event management system aimed at venues of all sizes. With its familiar and easy-to-use web interface, the…

read more

Attractions / Billing / Entertainment / Events / Technology

 
 
 
 

get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business