Sports: Discrimination

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 20th October 2017.

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Photo of Jo Stevens Jo Stevens Labour, Cardiff Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what information her Department holds on cases of discrimination on the basis of (a) race, (b) gender and (c) sexual orientation in elite sport.

Photo of Tracey Crouch Tracey Crouch The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport does not hold any information on cases of discrimination in elite sport. Although UK Sport does not hold disaggregated data on discrimination, since 2013, UK Sport has received two complaints on the basis of race discrimination (one of which was related to grassroots sport), one gymnastics-related complaint on the basis of gender, and multiple cycling-related complaints on the basis of gender against a cycling coach's alleged comments to a female rider. UK Sport has received no complaints regarding sexual orientation.

There is no place for racism, sexism, homophobia or any other kind of discrimination in sport. Tackling discrimination lies at the heart of the cross-government sport strategy "Sporting Future" and we want sport to be at the forefront of equality. Government continues to work with National Governing Bodies and organisations such as Kick It Out, Stonewall and Women in Football to tackle discrimination in local, national and international sport. Our aim is to increase diversity among sporting organisations and to help the sport sector be more inclusive and welcoming to its spectators, participants and people in its workforce. Our Code for Sport Governance stipulates that funded sporting organisations should publish information about their work to foster all aspects of diversity within their leadership and decision-making.

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