Brazilian Olympic Committee launches Abuse and Harassment Out of Play course for Youth

The Brazilian Olympic Committee launched last Tuesday the Abuse and Harassment Out of Play course, a young version of the Prevention and Confrontation of Harassment and Abuse in Sports Course for athletes from 12 to 17 years old, from initiation to high performance.

The course, developed by the Brazilian Olympic Institute (IOB), the COB’s education branch, aims to broaden the topic’s dissemination, making the entire sports community aware of its importance, besides showing how it can manifest itself in the sports environment and informing about prevention actions, report channels, confrontation, and victim support.

“The NOC has the athlete as the center of its actions and always seeks to provide all possible support so that they can focus on training, competing, and representing Brazil in a healthy and safe way”, says NOC president, Paulo Wanderley.

The launching, which took place on Tuesday night, at Team Brazil’s YouTube channel, gathered in a live broadcast hosted by journalist Juliana Yamaoka, the master in sexual education and consultant in projects against sexual violence, Caroline Arcari, the Team Brazil’s psychologist, Alessandra Dutra, the Minas Tênis Clube’s Sports manager and Olympic swimming athlete, Rogério Romero, and the NOC’s general director and Olympic judo champion, Rogério Sampaio. The debate is available on the digital platform.

“Implementing general safety principles in sport should be everyone’s goal. Actions aimed at preventing harassment and abuse should promote a safe, welcoming, and respectful environment for everyone. We move forward in this process of bringing information and knowledge so that athletes can have a safe, healthy, and enjoyable environment. The best path to safety in sport is knowledge”, says Rogério Sampaio, the NOC general director and judo Olympic champion.

The Abuse and Harassment Out of Play course for youth is free of charge and delivered via distance learning (DL) with video lessons, theoretical content, reflections, objective assessments, and access to supporting documents. It is organized into three main themes: Learning about Abuse and Harassment, Recognizing the Signs, and Seeking Help.

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