Former Scottish badminton player Alistair Casey lost his job at USA Badminton after reporting an historic abuse allegation ©LinkedIn

An Olympic badminton coach who lost his job after reporting allegations of sexual abuse has reportedly received a $1 million (£840,000/€950,000) settlement from USA Badminton.

Alistair Casey from Scotland was USA Badminton’s chief of staff and SafeSport officer, and coached US athletes at the Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

The former Scottish badminton player reported in 2021 an almost decade old sexual abuse allegation to the United States Centre for SafeSport despite claiming that he felt pressured by USA Badminton chief executive Linda French and General Counsel Jon Little not to do so.

"I knew it was going to be the end of my job," Casey told Los Angeles Times at the time of filing the report.

"But there was no way I could keep quiet about this."

The allegation of abuse came in 2012 when a teenager told a fellow badminton player that a coach had repeatedly forced her to have sex.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Casey was first informed about the allegation in the build-up to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

As well as contacting SafeSport, Casey also filed a report with police in Orange City.

"I just think people, in good faith, didn’t understand the rules," Nancy Hogshead-Makar, an attorney and USA Badminton Board member told the Los Angeles Times in 2021.

The $1 million settlement was reportedly reached
The $1 million settlement was reportedly reached "solely for the purpose of resolving any and all controversies and disputes" ©Getty Images

"They honestly thought that because it was so long ago, the victim didn’t want to come forward…that they were not responsible for reporting to SafeSport or the police."

US media outlet ESPN and Australian broadcaster ABC News obtained an email from Little in September 2021 where he said that colleagues at USA Badminton should report abuse allegations to police and ask for their "blessing" before reporting them to SafeSport.

A settlement has now reportedly been agreed to resolve the dispute.

The terms of the agreement are "strictly confidential" but ESPN and ABC News has obtained a copy dated January 4 and 5 2023 and signed by Casey, French and newly-appointed USA Badminton chairman Kenneth Wong.

According to ESPN and ABC News, the settlement "does not constitute an admission of liability" and was reached "solely for the purpose of resolving any and all controversies and disputes".

Tennis great Martina Navratilova took to social media to comment on the case.

"I am not sure what is worse, the actual abuse or all the enablers who allow it to continue and thus create more abuse," Navratilova wrote in a post on Twitter.

"Throw the book at the lot…the protecting the institution, mentality has to go."

Casey’s attorney Ryan Saba told ESPN and ABC News: "This matter has been resolved.

"The settlement is confidential."

insidethegames has contacted USA Badminton for comment.