Hong Kong NOC co-organise a seminar to tackle sexual harassment in Sport with the Equal Opportunities Commission

The Sports Federation & Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China and the Equal Opportunities Commission co-hosted a seminar focusing on eliminating discrimination and sexual harassment.

The event, which took place on January 30, was entitled “To Foster the Olympic Spirit: Seminar on Eliminating Discrimination and Anti-Sexual Harassment in the Sports Sector” and attended by more than 200 representatives of sports organisations.

With support from the Home Affairs Bureau and the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, the seminar assisted sports organisations in developing anti-sexual harassment policies and how to handle complaints to ensure that everyone can participate in sports activities in a safe environment.

Prof. Alfred Chan Cheung-ming, Chairman of the EOC, said: “Last year, hurdler Miss Vera Lui Lai-yiu revealed on social media that she was sexually assaulted by her coach during her teens. The incident has triggered widespread discussion in society and cast the spotlight on sexual harassment issues.

“In the past three years, the Equal Opportunities Commission has received 233 complaints regarding sexual harassment. A lot of victims choose to remain silent, implying that sexual harassment might be more severe than we have thought. Sexual harassment is a serious problem in our community and we must face it squarely.”

Mr Ronnie Wong, Secretary General of the SF&OC, said: “Discrimination and sexual harassment not just violate the Olympic spirit but also threaten the well-being of individuals and the team.

“With a number of large-scale international multi-sports events to be held in 2018, the sports sector must join hands together at this critical time to create a respectful and safe environment for athletes and their teams to prepare for these sports events.” The SF&OC and EOC will organise two workshops on preventing sexual harassment and handling related complaints in March 2018.

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