A US Olympic fencer claims he has been unjustly remoted from the remainder of his workforce competing in Tokyo and compelled to remain in a lodge 25 minutes away from the Olympic Village after being accused of sexual misconduct by three ladies.
Alen Hadzic, 29, an alternate on the lads’s epee fencing workforce, is now combating to have what he calls ‘arbitrary and pointless’ restrictions which were imposed on him by the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee lifted forward of the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Video games on Friday.
Hadzic, of Montclair, New Jersey, obtained a brief suspension from the US Heart for SafeSport in June amid an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct, together with groping, whereas he was a scholar at Columbia College between 2010-2015.
Alen Hadzic, 29, an alternate on the US males’s epee fencing workforce, needs restrictions on his actions in Tokyo lifted. He’s beneath an investigation associated to sexual misconduct claims
Hadzic says in a criticism that he needed to fly by himself to Tokyo, lodge in a lodge a 25-minute drive away from Olympic Village (pictured), and prepare other than fellow fencers
Hadzic has maintained his innocence, dismissing the claims in opposition to him as ‘untruths.’
An arbiter has since overturned the suspension, clearing the best way for Hadzic to journey to Japan and compete with the remainder of the USA Fencing workforce, reported USA In the present day Sports activities.
Decide Sherrie Krauser discovered that the suspension was ‘inappropriate to the allegations,’ and concluded that Hadzic’s participation within the Tokyo Olympics ‘wouldn’t be “detrimental to the fame of the USA or his sport.’
However in line with the athlete and his lawyer, he’s being denied the total Olympic expertise by being saved other than his teammates.
An official criticism filed by Hadzic alleged that the governing physique of his sport compelled him to fly by himself to Tokyo, lodge in a lodge positioned a 25-minute drive away from the Olympic Village, and prepare other than his fellow fencers.
USA Fencing responded to Hadzic’s criticism by saying that ‘workforce athletes have expressed issues for his or her security and well-being arising from [Hadzic’s] presence.’
An arbitration listening to within the case was scheduled for Thursday. Males’s epee fencing competitors is about to start on Sunday.
Hadzic, pictured competing within the Males’s Epee World Cup in February 2020, has been accused of sexual misconduct by three ladies
Hadzic’s lawyer, Michael Palma, wrote within the criticism that USA Fencing needs to ‘conceal’ his consumer and ‘preserve him from taking part within the Olympic expertise that he has rightfully earned.’
Hadzic got here beneath scrutiny after three ladies got here ahead, accusing him of sexual misconduct between 2013 and 2015.
One girl accused Hadzic of unspecified offenses in 2013, whereas the 2 had been attending Columbia College and competing on the varsity’s fencing workforce.
Hadzic was suspended from the college for a yr throughout a Title IX investigation, however he was in the end allowed to renew his research and graduate in 2015 with a Bachelor’s diploma in enterprise.
That very same yr, a second girl claimed that Hadzic groped her buttocks and pushed her in opposition to a dresser.
Talking to USA In the present day, the second accuser bristled on the choice to raise Hadzic’s suspension and allow him to characterize the US within the Olympics amid an ongoing SafeSport investigation.
‘I feel one case is sufficient so that you can not be allowed to compete on the f***ing Olympics,’ she mentioned. ‘It actually makes you query how far somebody must go to ensure that them not to have the ability to compete.’
Hadzic was suspended by US Heart for SafeSport in June, however an arbiter lifted his suspension, permitting him to compete in Tokyo
The CEO of USA Fencing defined in an e mail to Hadzic that the group didn’t have the authority to sideline him from the Tokyo Video games, but it surely has put a ‘security plan’ in place in response to complaints from a number of athletes who has expressed issues ‘for his or her security and well-being arising out of your presence…’
Palma mentioned USA Fencing has recognized concerning the misconduct allegations agaisnt his consumer for years however has allowed Hadzic to participate in fencing competitions everywhere in the world with none restrictions till now.
Hadzic, who based a scientific analysis firm final yr, certified for the Tokyo Video games in Could after narrowing lacking a spot on Group USA for the 2016 Olympics, reported the New York Instances.
As an alternate on the lads’s fencing workforce, Hadzic will step in if one other athlete can’t compete attributable to an harm or an sickness.