Hockey Canada has paid CAD8.9 million (£5.7 million/$6.9 million/€6.7 million) throughout 21 settlements over claims of sexual assault since 1989.

The organisation’s chief government Scott Smith has refused to step down within the wake of the revelation, which was made as Parliament grilled Hockey Canada leaders, regardless of requires him to resign.

Per CBC, Hockey Canada’s chief monetary officer Brian Cairo testified that it had used CAD7.6 million (£4.8 million/$5.9 million/€5.8 million) for 9 claims out of its Nationwide Fairness Fund, which is generated by membership charges and investments.

Of that cash, CAD6.8 million (£4.4 million/$5.3 million/€5.2 million) was for settlements associated to Graham James, a former junior hockey coach convicted of sexually assaulting younger gamers.

Hockey Canada got here below fireplace for utilizing the fund to settle sexual assault claims and has promised to now not use it for that goal.

Each Cairo and Smith defended the use, nonetheless.

“The insurance coverage corporations weren’t going to insure us for these forms of cases,” Cairo stated, as reported by CBC.

Cairo later discoed Hockey Canada settled a further 12 sexual misconduct claims throughout the identical time interval, with CAD1.3 million (£834,000/$1 million/€990,000) paid by means of insurance coverage.

Hockey Canada has had its access to public funds frozen ©Getty Images
Hockey Canada has had its entry to public funds frozen ©Getty Photographs

“We’ve not used cash to guard our picture,” claimed Smith.

“We have used cash to reply [to] and assist victims… so we have used cash to assist households.”

Hockey Canada’s dealing with of sexual assault complaints got here below scrutiny earlier this 12 months when it emerged it had settled a case for CAD3.55 million (£2.2 million/$2.7 million/€2.7 million).

The lawsuit in query was filed by a girl who alleges she was abused by eight former Canadian Hockey League gamers in Ontario in 2018, after they performed for the junior nationwide crew.

A Police investigation into the matter has been reopened, whereas Hockey Canada has had its entry to public funds frozen in response.

The governing physique plans to implement a six-pillar motion plan which incorporates guarantees to arrange an impartial mechanism for reporting wrongdoing, a monitoring system to watch cases of maltreatment, abuse or harassment, enhanced coaching and a coverage that might pressure people to participate in any investigation.