Leading athletics coach Rana Reider to be investigated over sexual misconduct claims

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One of the world’s starring way and tract coaches is to beryllium investigated by the US Center for SafeSport aft aggregate complaints of intersexual misconduct were made against him, the Guardian tin reveal.

Rana Reider has earned a glittering estimation successful the athletics aft guiding respective Olympic and satellite champions to glory, including the Tokyo 2020 Olympic 200m golden medallist Andre de Grasse and the satellite triple leap champion Christian Taylor. The American besides trains galore different elite athletes, including Britain’s Adam Gemili and Daryll Neita, from his Florida-based Tumbleweed Track Club.

However, the 51-year-old American’s behaviour disconnected the way is to beryllium scrutinised by the US Center for SafeSport organisation, a almighty and autarkic assemblage that handles investigations and complaints into maltreatment and misconduct successful Olympic sports.

The Guardian has besides learned that the allegations against Reider person led to UK Athletics informing Gemili and Neita to cease interaction with their renowned manager oregon their rank into the World Class Programme, including lottery funding, volition beryllium suspended. A akin connection has been conveyed to different British athletes who were considering moving to the US to bid nether Reider.

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Contacted by the Guardian connected Tuesday, Reider denied cognition of the SafeSport probe and said helium had not been told of UK Athletics’ acquisition to Gemili and Neita. “You tin telephone my lawyer due to the fact that this is quality to me,” helium added.

Reider’s lawyer, Ryan Stephens, said the allegations against his lawsuit were “unvetted” and “unproven”.

“SafeSport hasn’t issued a announcement of allegations to Rana,” helium told the Guardian. “The suspicious timing and motives attached to these unproven attacks connected Rana’s estimation request to beryllium afloat investigated and vetted, and they haven’t been.”

It is understood the informing to Gemili and Neita came astir aft UKA took proposal from its Standards, Ethics and Rules Committee. Both athletes were past sent a letter, which told them that UKA does not consciousness it is due for them to proceed to beryllium associated with Reiner astatine the contiguous time.

In a statement, UKA told the Guardian: “As portion of UK Athletics committedness to ensuring due behaviour is accordant crossed each areas without immoderate exceptions, we completed further owed diligence wherever issues person been raised astir the enactment unit of UK athletes.

“Following accusation from the US Center for SafeSport that aggregate complaints of intersexual misconduct person been made against manager Rana Reider and that an probe successful the US is imminent, UK Athletics has informed UK athletes presently being coached by him to cease each relation until the decision of this process.”

Reiner has guided Gemili for astir of his career, during which clip the fashionable 28-year-old jock has breached 10 seconds for 100m and 20sec for 200m and inspired Britain’s relay squad to satellite title 4x100m relay golden and metallic medals successful 2017 and 2019.

Meanwhile, the 25-year-old Neita had a breakthrough twelvemonth successful 2021, moving nether 11sec for 100m for the archetypal time, reaching the Olympic last and winning 4x100m relay bronze astatine Tokyo Olympics.

On its website the US Center for SafeSport says that its ngo is “dedicated solely to ending sexual, physical, and affectional maltreatment connected behalf of athletes everywhere” – and that it is “authorised by Congress to assistance maltreatment prevention, education, and accountability instrumentality basal successful each sport, connected each court”.

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In July 2021 the centre issued an indefinite prohibition connected the manager Alberto Salazar for intersexual misconduct and affectional misconduct violations.

Reider, who is regarded arsenic a superb method sprint coach, joined UKA aft London 2012 aft a agelong US collegiate vocation to initially oversee the sprints, sprint hurdles, horizontal jumps and relay programmes. He worked with a radical of athletes that included Harry Aikines-Aryeetey, Dwain Chambers and Richard Kilty earlier leaving successful 2014.

After departing UKA helium criticised immoderate British athletes, saying: “Maybe they get comfortable. Maybe they get the funding. Maybe they’re large food successful a tiny pond and that’s the mode they similar it.”

SafeSport has been contacted for comment.