The former artistic swimmer has been named the first commissioner of Canadian sports integrity

Former art swimmer Sarah-Eve Pelletier has been tasked with overseeing the central hub of Canada’s new safe sports program.

The Canadian Center for the Settlement of Sports Disputes announced on Tuesday that Peletije will serve as the first commissioner for sports integrity in the country, leading an office that will receive complaints about alleged harassment in sports.

The office will also launch independent investigations and recommend sanctions against individuals found to have committed violations.

Peletije is a former member of the Canadian artistic swimming team, and previously worked for the Canadian Olympic Committee. He is also a member of the Quebec Bar Association and an accredited civil mediator.

“There is simply no place for any kind of harassment in sports,” Peletije said in a statement. “Through coordinated efforts on all fronts, using a people-centered approach, we can make sport a safe and enjoyable place for everyone involved.

The appointment follows recent calls from athletes across the country to do more to address abuse and harassment in the sport.

More than 300 current and former gymnasts have signed an open letter to Canadian sports calling for an independent investigation into the toxic culture of their sport.

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Canadian Minister of Sports Pascal St-Onge said last week that a new mechanism for reporting abuse in sports will be implemented soon.

In a statement Tuesday, St-Onge said Peletier’s choice was a “critical step” in creating a sports system without harassment, abuse, discrimination and harassment.

“We need to build an approach that works for and with athletes,” the statement said. “As Minister of Sports, my intention is to make this independent mechanism mandatory for all national sports organizations funded by the federal states.

St-Onge said that in the five months since he was appointed Minister of Sports, accusations of harassment, sexual abuse or misuse of funds have been brought against at least eight national sports organizations.

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