March 5, 2018 / 10:01 PM / a year ago

Lawn Tennis Association president steps aside pending investigation

LONDON (Reuters) - Martin Corrie, the president of Britain’s Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), has stepped aside pending an investigation into the handling of a 2004 sexual assault allegation against a coach.

The LTA said on Monday it received a complaint last December about a case concerning a coach who worked at Hertfordshire County LTA when Corrie was a member of that body’s Executive Committee.

The coach was investigated and sanctioned by the LTA Disciplinary Committee at the time.

An LTA statement said it had undertaken a full internal review and commissioned a further independent investigation.

Corrie said it was right for him to step aside temporarily during the investigation.

“I would not wish my presence in this significant public role to become a distraction from the very good work the LTA is currently doing in the safeguarding arena,” he said.

(The story was refiled to tweak headline.)

Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Pritha Sarkar

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