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American coach Rana Reider cautioned by police at World Championships

Reider coaches Canadian Olympic champion Andre De Grasse, as well as U.S. sprinters Trayvon Bromell and Marvin Bracy

Rana Reider

Rana Reider was removed from the athletes-only area at the World Athletics Championships in Eugene on Saturday. Reider, who coaches De Grasse along with American runners Trayvon Bromell and Marvin Bracy (the silver and bronze medallists in the 100m final Saturday evening), has been under investigation for sexual misconduct since November 2021.

Coach Rana Reider (centre). Photo: Arve E. Bergan/CC

Florida-based Reider did not have accreditation to be at Hayward Field, due to World Athletics blocking him from attending, reported the Guardian. Reider managed to gain access to the athletes’ warmup area in an alleged attempt to help the sprinters he coaches, who were set to compete in the men’s 100-metre event. Security was called when he was spotted.

“Event security discovered a unaccredited person in the athlete warmup area,” a World Athletics statement said. Reider was asked to leave, and he refused. “Police were immediately notified and went to remove him from the venue. When he observed police officers approaching him, he left the venue. Outside the venue, he was stopped by police and advised that if he returned to the venue he would be arrested for trespassing,” said World Athletics. 

Reider, formerly renowned for the high-performance results of the athletes he coached, has been under investigation by the US Centre for SafeSport, the independent body that investigates complaints of abuse and misconduct in Olympic sports. He is also the coach of British 200m athlete Adam Gemili, who is set to compete on Monday, and Blessing Okagbare, who recently had her doping ban extended to 11 years.