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Sports Skating coach suspended over alleged abuse

02:55  11 march  2018
02:55  11 march  2018 Source:   bbc.com

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A renowned figure skating coach who has mentored Olympic and world champions has been suspended by US Figure Skating , the organisation said. Now an Olympic coach himself, Mr Maurizi alleged that the coach engaged in sexually inappropriate behaviour with him when he was 15.

Todd Eldredge of USA waves to the crowd after competing in the men's free program during the Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games at the Salt Lake Ice Center in Salt Lake City.: Richard Callaghan (l) coached notable figure skaters including 1996 world champion Todd Eldredge (r)© Getty Images Richard Callaghan (l) coached notable figure skaters including 1996 world champion Todd Eldredge (r) Jamie Squire/Getty Tara Lipinski of the USA reacts as her scores flash on the screen during the free skate competition at White Ring Arena during the 1998 Winter Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan. Richard Callaghan (r) trained Tara Lipinski (c) who went on to win Olympic gold in 1998 1

A renowned figure skating coach who has mentored Olympic and world champions has been suspended by US Figure Skating, the organisation said.

Richard Callaghan, 72, is barred from any figure skating activities pending a fresh investigation into decades-old allegations of sexual misconduct.

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Skating coach suspended over alleged abuse . A watchdog will investigate decades-old allegations against top US figure skating coach Richard Callaghan.

(Reuters) – A longtime U.S. figure skating coach who trained Tara Lipinski to an Olympic gold medal in 1998 has been suspended and will be U.S. Figure Skating said it had fielded no other reports of sexual abuse by Callaghan before then or any complaint of any alleged misconduct by him since.

When several male skaters levelled their accusations in the 1990s, the veteran coach "vehemently denied" them.

A watchdog to prevent sexual abuse of athletes will investigate the case.

"US Figure Skating suspended the membership of Richard Callaghan on March 6, 2018, in compliance with the policies and procedures of the US Center for SafeSport," the sport's governing board said in a statement on Friday.

Mr Callaghan told ABC News he had not been officially notified of the suspension. He also declined to speak about the allegations.

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SafeSport, established last year, examines complaints of sexual abuse and other mistreatment of athletes.

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"The U.S. Center for SafeSport, the U.S. Olympic Committee’s misconduct watchdog, and U.S. Figure Skating , the sport’s national governing body, have suspended renowned figure skating coach Richard Callaghan, pending a new investigation of earlier allegations

A figure skating coach who once trained Olympic champion Tara Lipinski has been suspended pending an investigation into allegations of of the U.S. national team on Tuesday became the latest gymnast to file suit over sexual abuse by imprisoned former sports doctor Larry Nassar’s, alleging

Craig Maurizi, 56, first made his allegations against Mr Callaghan public in a 1999 New York Times article. He is reported to have recently complained to SafeSport but has declined to confirm this.

Now an Olympic coach himself, Mr Maurizi alleged that the coach engaged in sexually inappropriate behaviour with him when he was 15.

Getty Images Todd Eldredge of USA waves to the crowd after competing in the men's free program during the Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games at the Salt Lake Ice Center in Salt Lake City. Richard Callaghan (l) coached notable figure skaters including 1996 world champion Todd Eldredge (r) 1

Mr Maurizi also accused Mr Callaghan of abusing his position of authority to begin a full sexual relationship with him starting when he was 18 years old and continuing for a few years.

US Figure Skating acknowledged it looked into Mr Maurizi's accusations in 1999 but took no action as the alleged wrongdoing dated back to a decade earlier.

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A prominent U.S. figure skating coach has been suspended after an organization formed to prevent abuse of athletes became aware of decades-old sexual misconduct allegations against him.

One of the top coaches in U.S. Figure skating has finally been suspended , 19 years At the time, Callaghan denied the allegations and said that Maurizi was bitter over a feud the pair had regarding Lipinski. The Times reported in October 1999 that Callaghan had been cleared of the alleged abuse .

Mr Callaghan, known for training Tara Lipinski to an Olympic gold medal in 1998, had been allowed by US Figure Skating to continue coaching.

"Richard Callaghan should not have been coaching for many, many years and this was a chance to end his access to young skaters," Mr Maurizi told USA Today on Friday.

Tara Lipinski of the USA reacts as her scores flash on the screen during the free skate competition at White Ring Arena during the 1998 Winter Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan.: Richard Callaghan (r) trained Tara Lipinski (c) who went on to win Olympic gold in 1998© Jamie Squire/Getty Richard Callaghan (r) trained Tara Lipinski (c) who went on to win Olympic gold in 1998

When the veteran coach was approached by ABC News in Florida, he said he was retired and coaching a few times per week. "No one's notified me [of the suspension], I just saw a note on a website somewhere," he said.

When asked about Mr Maurizi's allegations, he said: "That's 19 or 20 years ago. I have nothing to say."

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