MELBOURNE – Two-time Olympic silver medalist Madeline Groves has withdrawn from Australia’s swimming tests for the Tokyo Games, citing « misogynist perverts in sport ».
Groves, who won silver over 200 meters at the 2016 Rio Games Butterfly and won 4 × 100 medley, announced her decision on Instagram before following an angry tirade on Twitter on Thursday.
« Let this be a lesson to all misogynist perverts in sport and their bootlickers – you can young women and stop exploiting, shaming or gassing girls and then expecting them to represent you so you can earn your annual bonus. Time is up, « she tweeted.
In December, Groves posted on social media that she had complained a few years ago about a man swimming and staring at her in her swimsuit, making her uncomfortable.
« I think he went through some personal development first hoping to teach him not to stare at young women in their (swimsuit), THEN he was promoted, » she wrote on Twitter.
She also wrote, a « noted coach « made a » creepy comment « to her and apologized 15 minutes later, » maybe because team psychology told him « .
» Swimming Australia reached out to Maddie in December 2020 to ask for one of her To inquire about the tweet sent that related to possible abuse by someone involved in swimming, « the organization said in a statement.
» Maddie declined to provide further information, no I have any previous complaints from Maddie. All allegations of child abuse or sexual misconduct are taken seriously by Swimming Australia.
“We consider the well-being, safety and welfare of children and young people to be paramount and we have an obligation to inquire about upholding the standards of our sport . «
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Swimmer Madeline Groves cancels Olympic tests because of « perverts »