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‘No advance warning’: Aussie Olympian to appeal ban over sexual misconduct allegations

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An Australian Winter Olympics flag-bearer will appeal a lifetime ban in the United States for sexual misconduct involving a minor.

Brendan Kerry, a triple Olympian figure skater who was Australia’s joint flag-bearer at the Beijing Winter Games in 2022, has been permanently banned by the US Center for SafeSport.

Kerry says he’s innocent.

“After hearing nothing from the US Center for SafeSport for almost three years … I received their decision with no advance warning whatsoever, sanctioning me for alleged violations that I did not commit,” Kerry said in a statement.

“That decision is not final and I intend to challenge this suspension and request arbitration before a neutral arbitrator as is my right.”

Kerry, who won seven consecutive Australian figure skating titles from 2013, provided alcohol to and had sexual intercourse with a then 16 or 17-year-old figure skater in the United States in 2016 and 2017, ESPN reported.

Kerry was a registered coach with US Figure Skating in the 2016-17 season when the misconduct was alleged to have occurred.

ESPN cited a confidential summary of an investigation into Kerry by SafeSport, the US Olympic movement’s sexual misconduct watchdog.

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