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British Canoeing statement following media coverage

We have been made aware that a confidential draft report commissioned jointly by British Canoeing and UK Sport and produced by Sport Resolutions into allegations of historical concerns has been leaked to the media.

Please click here for the link to the initial announcement of the independent investigation.

Our statement issued in response to recent media enquiries is below.

A British Canoeing spokesperson said:

In April 2017 several serious allegations were brought to the attention of British Canoeing and as a result, UK Sport and British Canoeing jointly commissioned Sport Resolutions UK to carry out an independent investigation into British Canoeing’s governance, corporate responsibility and behaviour with regard to how it dealt with these allegations at the time. In doing so, British Canoeing fully acknowledged the seriousness of the allegations and the importance of an independent investigation. 

“Sport Resolutions UK commenced the investigation on 01 August 2017 and was initially due to report to the commissioners by October 2017. British Canoeing has always been committed to responding to the final report, with an intention to publish its key findings and recommendations in line with the agreed Terms of Reference of the investigation.

“The current position in the investigation is that the draft report of Sport Resolutions UK is subject to ‘Maxwellisation’, whereby affected parties are given the opportunity to respond to criticism within it, which will then be considered by Sport Resolutions UK.

“British Canoeing is disappointed that the process has not yet reached a conclusion and we are very concerned that with the leaking of the draft report, the integrity of the Maxwellisation process has been compromised.

“Both the investigation and draft report are subject to strict confidentiality terms and under the terms of our engagement with Sport Resolutions UK we are unable to comment any further at this stage.”