According to a report in The Guardian, multiple complaints of sexual misconduct have been lodged against Florida-based coach Rana Reider, who is about to be investigated by the U.S. Center for SafeSport. Reider’s roster of high-profile clients includes 200m Olympic gold medallist Andre De Grasse, in addition to U.S. sprinter Trayvon Bromell and British sprinters Adam Gemili and Daryll Neita (who won bronze in the women’s 4x100m relay at Tokyo 2020).
The report claims UK Athletics has instructed its athletes to cut ties with Reider. On Nov. 4, Athletics Canada released a statement that payments to Reider for his work with Canadian athletes have been suspended, pending the outcome of the investigation. The statement did not refer to De Grasse by name.
Sources say that Reider is also a coach to Blessing Okagbare, the Nigerian sprinter who was sent home from Tokyo after testing positive for human growth hormone.
The report says that Reider’s lawyer claims his client had not been notified of any investigation and protests that the allegations have not been tested or proven.
Gemili, 28, was the first British man to sub-10 over 100m and sub-20 over 200m. According to the report, he has been coached by Reider since 2017. He won gold in the 4x100m relay at the 2017 World Championships, and silver in 2019. At Tokyo 2020, he got injured during the heats in the 200m (his only event) and did not advance.
Exclusive from earlier: Rana Reider, one of the world’s leading track and field coaches, is to be investigated after multiple complaints of sexual misconduct were made against him.https://t.co/B0UCtSzILk
— Sean Ingle (@seaningle) November 3, 2021
The U.S. Center for Safepsort is an independent body that handles investigations and complaints into abuse and misconduct in Olympic sports. In July 2021, SafeSport issued a lifetime ban on U.S. coach Alberto Salazar for sexual and emotional misconduct.