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Reider, sprinter De Grasse’s coach, facing investigation


Rana Reider, the coach of Olympic 200-meter champion Andre De Grasse of Canada, is facing an investigation for alleged sexual misconduct.

The US Center for SafeSport has begun investigating the 51-year-old, Florida-based track coach, Reiderโ€™s lawyer, Ryan Stevens, said in a statement to The Canadian Press.

โ€œWe have received no evidence whatsoever about the claims,โ€ Stevens said in the statement. โ€œThe SafeSport Code defines โ€˜sexual misconductโ€™ broadly.โ€

Stevens added that his client has not received a notice of allegations.

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De Grasse won three medals โ€” also earning bronze in the 100 and 400 relay โ€” at the Tokyo Games last summer to become Canadaโ€™s most decorated male Olympian with six.

De Grasse and his partner, Nia Ali, the womenโ€™s world 100 hurdles champion from the US, left Phoenix to train with Reider in Jacksonville, Florida, in December 2018.

Athletics Canada said in a statement that it is suspending โ€œany payments to Mr. Reider for his work with Canadian athletes pending the outcome of said investigation.โ€

Reiderโ€™s Tumbleweed Track Club also features top British sprinter Adam Gemili and American Trayvon Bromell.

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