A US Olympic fencer repeatedly accused of sexual misconduct is pushing to lift restrictions on his travel and accommodation at the Tokyo Games.
Alen Hadzic, 29, is scheduled to stay at a hotel far from the Olympic Village and has been banned from flying with the U.S. team in Japan, among other measures. The United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee and USA Fencing said the restrictions were for safety reasons, according to USA Today.
Lawyers for Hadzic said the limitations were “arbitrary and unnecessary,” according to court documents cited by the newspaper. He called for the restrictions to be lifted ahead of Friday’s opening ceremony.
The US Center for SafeSport suspended Hadzic in June following allegations of misconduct by several women between 2013 and 2019. An arbitrator overturned the suspension, allowing Hadzic to compete in the Summer Games. He denied the allegations to USA Today.
One of the women said Hadzic groped her while they were teammates on the Columbia fencing team, Yahoo reported. Hadzic was suspended for a year amid a Title IX investigation.
Hadzic, who won North American Cup Division I gold in May, is the men’s epee substitute and will compete in the Games as needed. The competition starts on Sunday.
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