Olympics: Bitter rift rocks AOC as John Coates fights for job
28 April 2017, 01:12 | Kristine Mills
The AOC's board is to hold a crisis meeting before next week's crunch presidential ballot
Former CEO Fiona de Jong, who departed the AOC in December, confirmed to local media she had made a formal complaint against the AOC's media and communications director Mike Tancred.
Tancred told the AOC of his decision to stand down ahead of the crisis meeting of the executive board on Wednesday evening. The organisation has its presidential election on May 6, and the 27-year tenure of long-serving AOC president John Coates is under serious threat for the first time. On Wednesday night, the board referred that complaint to a separate independent inquiry by three yet-to-be- named senior lawyers or retired judges, acting with "absolute and sole discretion".
The AOC said the workplace review would be overseen by the incoming CEO and aimed "to ensure the best possible environment for our staff".
"The AOC supports an environment free from discrimination, harassment and bullying and will not tolerate behaviors that differ from this standard", the statement said.
Challenging Coates is hockey gold medallist from the 1996 Olympics and businesswoman Danni Roche.
In a letter written this week to national Olympic sports chiefs and the AOC executive, Coates, 67, said he was the victim of a "co-ordinated and vindictive campaign" to get rid of him.
Australia correspondent Donna Demaio told Nadine Higgins Mr Coates also criticised the woman's performance, encouraging her to quit.
Today's emergency board meeting in Sydney largely focused on discussion of De Jong's complaint against Tancred.
Ms de Jong said that, during her treatment the woman had "rarely missed a day of work".
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