Anne Loes Kokhuis works for the KNWU, the Dutch Cycling Federation, and talks about the research project they’re starting, looking into bullying, intimidation and harassment, including sexual harassment, across all the Dutch cycling disciplines, and for all cyclists, of any gender and age. The Federation is passionate about preventing all these, and she talks about the background, and the next steps. The project is just the start of a long piece of work, and the KNWU should be applauded for taking a pro-active approach.
The project is partly a response to the Cycling Independent Reform Commission brief mention of sexual harassment in professional women’s cycling, as well as to bullying issues in other Federations. It became more necessary in the light of international scandals, including the sexual abuse scandal in British football, and KNWU board member Marijn de Vries talked about that, and her own experiences, in this article on TROUW.nl, and on this NOS.nl video.
If any Dutch cyclist is experiencing issues please do contact KNWU before the research project starts – and if you are a cyclist who’s being affected by bullying, harassment, or sexual harassment, please do contact your national cycling federation – there’s a list here on the UCI website (and a set of British-based contacts at the bottom of this piece about Genevieve Jeanson).
Olympic.org, the official website of the Olympic movement, has a portal on harassment and abuse in sport that includes how to spot it, international resources, and what people can expect sports federations to do about harassment and abuse.