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Water Polo Canada Suspends Athlete Following Vancouver Riot

MONTREAL, June 17, 2011 – Water Polo Canada today issued a provisional suspension against a member of its Junior Men’s National Team who is facing allegations of vandalism stemming from Wednesday night’s riot in Vancouver.

By law, the athlete cannot be named because he is under 18 years of age.

“We’re taking immediate action due to the very serious nature of these allegations,” said Ahmed El-Awadi, Executive Director of Water Polo Canada. “I can also confirm that the athlete has contacted us, through his legal counsel, to indicate that he will cooperate fully with the disciplinary process.”

Under Water Polo Canada policies and procedures, such a hearing will be held at the earliest possible date to consider the facts of the case and to determine whether disciplinary action is warranted once an investigation has been completed.

“In the interim, given the severity of the allegations and the potential negative impact on the rest of the Junior Men’s National Team, Water Polo Canada has issued a provisional suspension against the athlete for all team activities.” added Mr. El-Awadi. “We also want to ensure that the athlete is given fair and reasonable access to due process. His future status will be determined after an investigation has been completed and an official hearing has been conducted.”

Mr. El-Awadi indicated that Water Polo Canada has scheduled an investigation and hopes to have an internal hearing within the next seven days. He added that any criminal proceedings would take precedence over the internal administrative process.

Water Polo Canada is the National Sport Organization and governing body for the Sport of Water Polo in Canada.  It manages the National and Olympic Teams as well as the domestic development plan.



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