MONTREAL—Gymnastics Canada suspended an Edmonton-based coach on Thursday amid allegations he sexually abused some of his former students.
The decision to suspend Michel Arsenault came after CBC’s French-language network reported he sexually abused at least three gymnasts in Quebec when they were minors in the 1980s and early ’90s.
“Our hearts go out to everyone affected by this situation, in particular the athletes and their families,” said Richard Crepin, the organization’s chair of the board of directors.
CEO Peter Nicol said Gymnastics Canada is committed to providing a safe environment for its athletes.
An Edmonton gym where Arsenault was based has also barred him from its premises and said he will no longer be involved in any of its activities. (more...)