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Marcel Aubut has formally resigned as President of the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) today after several more allegations of sexual harassment were made against him.
The offical announced earlier in the week that he was stepping down on a temporary basis for the duration of an investigation which has been opened against him.
But although that original allegation has reportedly been withdrawn because the complainent no longer wants to pursue it, another one has been opened as several other women have come forward.
In a statement, Aubut admitted his attitude “could at times be perceived as questionable by some women and could have caused them to feel uncomfortable”, vowing to adjust his behaviour accordingly in the future.
“I would like to take this opportunity to apologise to those who may have been offended by my behaviour,” he added.
This represents a substantial downturn in fortunes for the 67-year-old barely two months after he invited International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach to Montreal for a COC Excellence Day and seemed destined to spearhead a Toronto bid for the 2024 Olympics and Paralympics.