Citing systemic points throughout the nationwide sport group, a few of Canada’s high bobsled and skeleton athletes are calling for the resignation of this system’s high workers members.
A letter signed by greater than 60 athletes was despatched Monday to Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton’s board of administrators, calling for the resignation of president Sarah Storey and excessive efficiency director Chris Le Bihan.
The transfer comes two weeks after the closing of the Beijing Olympics, the place Justin Kripps piloted Canada’s four-man sled to a bronze medal and fellow Canadian Christine de Bruin claimed bronze in monobob.
The letter cites points with tradition, security, transparency and governance, claiming workers makes arbitrary selections on issues corresponding to staff choice based mostly on biases, and has little concern for athlete security.
Canada’s skeleton staff competed on the Beijing Olympic take a look at occasion this previous fall, for instance, and not using a coach current, which led to quite a few bumps and bruises on the unfamiliar observe.
Athletes on the event staff say they’d no entry to medical remedy at a camp at Whistler, B.C., together with a bobsled athlete who was ejected from a sled.
A number of skeleton athletes just lately instructed The Canadian Press that they have been virtually fully self-funded.
Mirela Rahneva, who was fifth in ladies’s skeleton in Beijing, estimated her Olympic season price her about $30,000.
The letter stated “systemic points inside BCS have adversely impacted each the sports activities of bobsleigh and skeleton and have turn out to be more and more problematic. Many athletes have suffered bodily, mentally, emotionally and financially on account of the group failing to deal with these systemic points, and the way forward for each sports activities are in jeopardy beneath the present administrative regime.
“The athletes imagine that the rapid resignation … is required to shift the tradition of this group right into a protected, supportive, practical athlete-centric mannequin from which to construct future world and Olympic champions.”
The 60-plus signees included each present and retired athletes who competed since 2014.