Violence in sport can be defined as behaviour that causes harm, occurs outside of the rules of the sport and is unrelated to the competitive objectives of the sport.
There is a heightened awareness, increased media attention and public concern being expressed around the perceived increase in both the frequency and seriousness of violence in sport. Increased violence in sport can cause serious harm to athletes of all ages and drive some out of sport for good.
If we are to radically reduce violence in sport, we need to establish appropriate limits on what is acceptable behaviour in sport – limits that reflect Canadian values.
The CCES continues to discern the nature and extent of violence in Canadian sport and work with partners to develop strategies to reduce its incidence.
Melia's Take: Violence
I'm Paul Melia, President and CEO of the CCES. I’m also a parent, coach, sports fan and player. This blog is written from all those perspectives…