Ryder’s attorney, Ryan Stevens, said in a statement to the Canadian press that the American Center for Safe Sports has just launched an investigation into the 51-year-old Florida resident.
“We have not yet received any evidence to verify these claims,” Stevens said in the document. The Safe Sports Act defines sexual misconduct very loosely.
The lawyer added that his client was not notified of making these allegations, which means that
The investigation is incomplete or has just begun… Rana does not deserve to have her name and reputation dragged into the mud until the process is over and the evidence is presented..
The allegations against Ryder have not yet made it to court.
De Grasse won three medals at the Tokyo Olympics last summer, including the 200-meter gold, becoming the most decorated Canadian athlete in Olympic history with six podiums.
The 26-year-old Antarian and his American wife Nia Ali, the world 100m hurdles champion, left Phoenix to train with the Ryder in Jacksonville, Florida, in December 2018.
Athletics Canada has stated that, based on the information available to it, no Canadian athlete is the subject of any allegations.
Run by Reider, the Tumbleweed Track Club trains Britain’s top sprinter Adam Gemley and American Trayvon Brommel. He has also trained athletes such as American and Dutch runners Christian Taylor and Daphne Schippers.
The British Athletics Federation said in a statement that based on information received from the American Center for Safe Sports,
Several complaints of sexual misconduct have been filed against trainer Rana Ryder and an investigation in the United States is imminent.