July 23, 2021 by Ravi Vasudevan in News with 0 comments
The Swiss Ultimate Association (SUA) released the coach of the women’s grass and beach national teams, Derek Gottlieb, from further coaching duties and barred him from any future roles within SUA. This decision came after allegations of sexual harassment via digital communication were brought to SUA by members of the elite national women’s grass and beach teams. The decision took place on February 18th of this year. Gottlieb coached the Swiss women to a silver medal at the EUC in 2019, and has also coached the Swiss women’s beach national team.
Sexual harassment is against both the code of conduct Swiss Disc Sports and the ethical charter of Swiss Olympic. To aid in this process, SUA conferred with a representative of Swiss Olympic’s INTEGRITY committee. The representative and SUA heard from all involved persons regarding these allegations, before deciding to release Gottlieb from coaching duties and further involvement with SUA.
Gottlieb, SUA, and some members of the Swiss national team all declined to comment further on this story.