Edmonton’s staging of the Worldwide Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Junior Championship won’t be impacted by the disaster engulfing Hockey Canada.
The IIHF has begun an inquiry into allegations of sexual assault levied in opposition to gamers on Hockey Canada’s earlier nationwide junior groups, in addition to the nationwide governing physique’s response.
Hockey Canada has confronted heavy criticism for its remedy of allegations of sexual assault because it grew to become identified earlier this yr that it had settled a case for CAD3.55 million (£2.2 million/$2.7 million/€2.7 million) with a girl who claims she was abused by members of Canada’s junior nationwide staff in 2018.
Hockey Canada has had its entry to public funds frozen, senior officers have been grilled in Parliament and a police investigation into the incident has been reopened.
Different allegations of sexual misconduct have additionally been made and Hockey Canada has paid CAD8.9 million (£5.7 million/$6.9 million/€6.7 million) throughout 21 settlements for claims of sexual assault since 1989, the organisation advised Canada’s Parliament final week.
Canada is one in every of ice hockey’s preeminent nations and an everyday host of IIHF competitions, together with the World Junior Championship later this month.
The boys’s under-20 match is because of be performed at Edmonton’s Rogers Place from August 9 to twenty, and the disaster at Hockey Canada won’t change these plans.
In a press release, an IIHF spokesperson advised insidethegames that it “isn’t contemplating a removing of internet hosting rights for 2022 and 2023 IIHF tournaments scheduled to happen in Canada or to droop Canada from participation in IIHF occasions.
“The IIHF has an obligation to its membership to ship the World Junior Championship on behalf of all ten taking part IIHF Member Nationwide Associations.
“The federation is dedicated to making sure that every one taking part Member Nationwide Associations and their gamers can compete on this match, particularly as they weren’t capable of full the match in January 2022 resulting from COVID-19.”
Edmonton and Pink Deer initially hosted the beginning of the World Junior Championship in December 2021, however a string of coronavirus outbreaks led to it being known as off and rescheduled.
It can begin once more from scratch.
Hockey Canada has already introduced a governance assessment, dedicated to turning into a full signatory to the brand new Workplace of the Sport Integrity Commissioner and revealed a six-pillar motion plan to deal with “poisonous conduct” and a “code of silence” it admits plagues the game.
The motion plan contains 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 will power people to participate in any investigation.
In addition to the police investigation into the alleged sexual assault in Ontario in 2018 which sparked the present disaster, regulation enforcement in Halifax final month launched a prison investigation into allegations of intercourse crimes regarding the boys’s junior nationwide staff from 2003.