Allegations of ‘assault/harassment’ involving UFV wrestlers

Authorities confirm no police investigation is underway

Police are now saying that four University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) wrestlers who were suspended from a national competition last weekend are the subjects of an allegation of “assault/harassment.”

But there is currently no criminal investigation into the matter, said Calgary Police Service (CPS) spokesperson Lindsay Nykoluk in a written statement issued to The News on Wednesday.

“The (CPS) and the Abbotsford Police Department are confirming that neither agency has been contacted by victim(s) in relation to an allegation of assault/harassment that is alleged to have taken place in Calgary the weekend of Feb. 14, 2015,” the statement read.

The Abbotsford News reported last week that four male wrestlers were part of a “conduct investigation” at UFV and had been suspended from participating in the CIS (Canadian Interuniversity Sport) Wrestling Championship on Feb. 27 and 28 at the University of Alberta in Edmonton.

UFV authorities would not reveal the nature of the alleged misconduct, citing privacy legislation.

The four athletes were among six from UFV who attended the Canada West championships on Feb. 13 and 14 at the University of Calgary and qualified for the CIS event.

The conduct investigation arose after the Calgary championships.

The UFV wrestling team was in its first season of CIS competition, with a total of 12 men and four women on the roster.

Following news reports of the suspension, the team’s photo and roster no longer appear on the UFV Cascades website.

Nykoluk said anyone who has been a victim of a crime is urged to contact their local police agency. The Abbotsford Police Department can be reached at 604-859-5225 or text abbypd (222973).