Blaming “the misogynistic perverts in the sport and their bootlickers,” two-time Olympic silver medalist Maddie Groves has withdrawn from Australian swimming trials for the Tokyo Games.
The 26-year-old, who finished second in the 200-meter butterfly and 4×100 medley relay at the Rio 2016 Olympics, made the shocking decision ahead of practice which begins in Adelaide on Saturday.
“Let this serve as a lesson to all the misogynistic perverts of the sport and their lickers,” she said Thursday night on Instagram, explaining the movement.
“You can no longer exploit young women and girls, shame them body or medically enlighten them, and then expect them to represent you so that you can earn your annual bonus. Time is up. “
It was unclear what the target of her comments was, but last November she complained on Twitter about “someone who works in swimming making me feel uncomfortable the way she looks at me in my togs “.
She also wrote a few days later of a “scary comment” made by an anonymous coach, who she said apologized 15 minutes later “possibly because the team psychiatrist told her. said to do it “.
Swimming Australia said in a statement it attempted to contact Groves late last year.
“Swimming Australia contacted Maddie in December 2020 to inquire about a tweet she sent that referred to potential abuse by someone related to swimming,” he said.
“Maddie declined to provide further information and we have no previous recorded complaints from Maddie.”
“All allegations of child abuse or sexual misconduct are taken seriously by Swimming Australia,” the governing body added.
Although she has withdrawn from the trials, Groves has indicated that she is not ending her career, saying she is looking forward to “taking part in other competitions later in the year”.
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