24th August, 2017
An independent report was commissioned after accusations of bullying were made by former executive Fiona de Jong against media director Mike Tancred. The results of the report did not specifically name a bullying culture in the AOC, but noted a “dysfunctional” organization according to local media.
Tancred was forced to step down pending the results of the report and was reprimanded. Another report from an independent commission into other allegations levied at Tancred is due in the coming days
Coates said that the second investigation includes a total of three “current and past staff” that have come forward and one more allegation. Any punishment against Tancred would come “cumulatively” with a report due by the end of the month.
“We were hoping for it to be before now,” Coates said. “But obviously in these matters it's very important that both the complainants and Mike Tancred be given natural justice.”
The 64-page report came after Coates staved off a contentious challenge for the AOC presidency amid a public feud with the head of the Australian Sports Commission.
After the release of the report AOC President Coates held a press conference announcing new Tokyo 2020 chef de mission Ian Chesterman. Coates took questions about the report, saying he would not relinquish control of the AOC.
"Why should I resign?" Coates said in response to questions.
"There has been no confirmation of bullying. There has been some criticism of the senior leaders -- I'm the president, I'm not the senior leader that is being criticized,” Coates added.
"I'm president and there's been a succession of CEOs under me. I have not swept anything under the carpet.”
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