Team USA fencers don pink masks for teammate accused of sexual misconduct

Written by on August 4, 2021

Alen Hadzic, 29, an alternate in the epee fencing team, has reportedly been accused of sexual harassment by at least three women.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics - Fencing - Men's Individual Foil - Gold medal match - Makuhari Messe Hall B - Chiba, Japan - July 26, 2021. Daniele Garozzo of Italy in action against Cheung Ka Long of Hong Kong  (photo credit: REUTERS)

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Fencing – Men’s Individual Foil – Gold medal match – Makuhari Messe Hall B – Chiba, Japan – July 26, 2021. Daniele Garozzo of Italy in action against Cheung Ka Long of Hong Kong

(photo credit: REUTERS)

After a Team USA fencer was accused of sexual misconduct, the team wore pink facemasks as a statement of solidarity with the victims of sexual assault, NBC New York reported.  

In photos from Friday’s Olympic Games, Alen Hadzic of New Jersey, can be seen in a black mask; all of his teammates are wearing pink ones. Hadzic, 29, has reportedly been accused of sexual harassment by at least three women.

Initially, he was suspended by the US Center for SafeSport in June, which opened in March 2017 to investigate sexual abuse in Olympic sports, but an arbitrator reversed the suspension, allowing him to compete in Tokyo.

Hadzic, an alternate in the epee fencing team, denied the allegations of sexual wrongdoings during a phone interview with USA TODAY Sports.

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