Canadian Olympic Committee is accepting a formal resignation from president Marcel Aubut.
His resignation, announced Saturday morning, comes after three woman launched former allegations of sexual harassment against Aubut.
A formal investigation was launched following the allegations. Aubut temporarily stepped aside as president earlier this week after the allegations had come to light.
In a statement released Saturday, Aubut said, “Given this situation, I asked to be temporarily relieved of my duties as president of the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC), so that the independent external investigation launched to examine these allegations could proceed in full compliance with the rules that ensure its impartiality…. Unfortunately, the current situation is a major distraction that obscures the COC’s real goals, especially with the Rio Games fast approaching. It now jeopardizes the organization’s smooth operations and may have repercussions that ultimately affect Canadian Olympic athletes who are the COC’s raison d’être and who have always been the focus of my concerns and my volunteer involvement in the Olympic world.”
Aubut also says, “Although I assume full responsibility for my effusive and demonstrative personality, I would like to reiterate that I never intended to offend or upset anyone with my remarks or my behaviour… I would like to take this opportunity to apologize to those who may have been offended by my behaviour. I realize that my attitude could at times be perceived as questionable by some women and could have caused them to feel uncomfortable. I acknowledge this and will adjust my behaviour accordingly.”
A statement from the COC says, “In light of his resignation and based on the wishes of the complainant, the specific investigation we announced under Mr. Justice Francois Rolland, will cease. We would like to thank the complainant for their incredible courage in coming forward. The independent third party process investigating any other complaints will continue uninterrupted.”
None of the allegations have been proven.
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