According to his attorney, Rana Reider, a well-known track and field coach, is being investigated by the US Center for SafeSport for alleged sexual misconduct after complaints were made against him.
SafeSport has recently assigned an investigator “to conduct interviews and other work” regarding the complaints, according to Reider’s attorney, Ryan Stevens. Stevens also stated that the agency has not provided his client with a notice of allegations or any evidence.
“The motives and timing of the alleged claims have not been vetted or investigated yet, but they need to be,” Stevens said in a statement.
SafeSport, which oversees sexual misconduct and other abuse allegations within the US Olympic and Paralympic community, said in a statement, “The United States Center for SafeSport does not comment on matters to protect the integrity of the investigative process.”
Christian Taylor, Andre De Grasse, Tianna Bartoletta, Dafne Schippers, Adam Gemili, and Daryll Neita are among the athletes Reider has coached.
After the allegations against the coach surfaced, British Athletics advised its athletes to avoid all contact with him.
“As part of UK Athletics commitment to ensuring appropriate conduct is consistent across all areas without any exceptions, we completed additional due diligence where issues have been raised about the support personnel of UK athletes,” British Athletics said in a statement.
“Following information from the US Center for SafeSport that multiple complaints of sexual misconduct have been made against coach Rana Reider and that an investigation in the US is imminent, UK Athletics has informed UK athletes currently being coached by him to cease all association until the conclusion of this process.”
“USATF has a zero tolerance policy against all forms of misconduct,” USA Track and Field said in a statement. We will continue to work with and support the US Center for SafeSport in its important work, as we have in the past with all allegations.
“USATF strongly believes in a culture of safe sport, promoting respect, and preventing abuse, bullying, and harassment to create a healthy environment for athletes to safely train and compete.”