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John Lees STRIPPED of Scottish Athletics award after being handed a lifetime ban

John Lees STRIPPED of his prestigious Scottish Athletics award after the previous coach was handed a lifetime ban from the game for sexual misconduct in direction of athletes

  • Former coach John Lees was handed a lifetime ban for sexual misconduct 
  • Mhairi Maclennan has referred to as for her former coach to be stripped of an award
  • Lees has been stripped of his Development Coach of the Year award

Scottish Athletics has stripped disgraced coach John Lees of a prestigious award he gained in 2018.

Speaking completely to Sportsmail final week, Scots runner Mhairi Maclennan referred to as for the coach who abused her to have his Development Coach of the Year award revoked.

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Lees was banned for all times final month for inappropriate behaviour in direction of athletes. He was discovered responsible by an impartial appeals committee of 5 prices, and admitted two others.

John Lees has been stripped of his 2018 Development Coach of the Year award

John Lees has been stripped of his 2018 Development Coach of the Year award

Upheld prices included sexual touching, making a sexualised remark to a feminine athlete, endangering an athlete’s security by “causing injury by administering a chiropractic adjustment” and offering chiropractic changes whereas not being appropriately certified. Lees admitted, in the meantime, to massaging an athlete at his residence when she was underneath 18 and making sexualised feedback to athletes in his coaching group.

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Great Britain runner Maclennan stated it was fallacious that his award ought to stand, given the abuse, and on account of his licence having been completely taken away.

The board of the game’s governing physique has now determined to approve a advice from its Nominations Committee to revoke the award, insisting the Committee has the powers to take action in ‘exceptional circumstances”, agreeing unanimously that, ‘in this case, revocation is appropriate’.

Mhairi Maclennan called for Lees to be stripped of the award following his lifetime ban

Mhairi Maclennan referred to as for Lees to be stripped of the award following his lifetime ban

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Colin Hutchison, chief government of Scottish Athletics, stated: ‘Behaviours of the nature highlighted in this case have no place in sport and need to be challenged.

‘I want to reiterate our thanks to the athletes that came forward in this case and reinforce our commitment to working alongside UK Athletics and all partakers in the sport to challenge inappropriate behaviour.

‘In the past 18 months safeguarding policies and processes for athletics across the UK have been strengthened to ensure concerns are reported and addressed appropriately.

‘We remind and encourage anyone with a welfare or safeguarding concern or complaint to share these with UK Athletics via the MyConcern platform.’

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