An Australian Olympian made a shocking decision and revelation about her country’s Olympic swimming trials.
Madeline Groves announced on social media on Thursday that she is withdrawing from Australia’s swimming trials for the Tokyo Games.
In a feisty post, Groves took a jab at the organizers, stressing she is “looking forward” to competing at “some other competitions” soon.
“I’ve made the decision to not compete at Olympic Trials in Adelaide,” Groves wrote on Instagram. “I’m so grateful to feel so supported in this decision. I feel very relieved and I’m looking forward to racing at some other competitions later in the year (yeah sorry/not sorry, you haven’t got rid of me just yet!) .”
The Olympic silver medalist then followed it up with another post, strongly suggesting her decision to pull out of the trials was because of unpleasant experiences from “misogynistic perverts.”
“Let this be a lesson to all misogynistic perverts in sport and their boot lickers,” Groves said in another post. “You can no longer exploit young women and girls, body shame or medically gaslight them and then expect them to represent you so you can earn your annual bonus. Time’s UP.”
“Make them pervs quake in fear from the number of people supporting a statement that threatens their existence,” she added.
Groves’ rift with the organization dates back to last year when she revealed that she received inappropriate comments from a “well-known coach.”
Despite her complaints, Groves was furious that instead of being reprimanded, the said coach was later promoted.
Addressing Groves’ issue, the governing body–Swimming Australia–released a statement in December stating the group had reached out to the Olympian to discuss the said post, referencing to potential abuse.
Moreover, Swimming Australia stressed that “Maddie declined to provide further information” about her allegations, USA Today reported.
“All allegations concerning child abuse or sexual misconduct are taken seriously by Swimming Australia,” the organization said in a statement.
“We consider the welfare, safety, and wellbeing of children and young people as paramount, and we have a duty to make inquiries to uphold the standards of our sport,” it added.
Groves won silver in both the 200-meter butterfly and 4 x 100 medley at the Rio Olympics in 2016.
However, she made her mark in the sport by breaking Susie O’Neill’s national record in the women’s 200-meter butterfly in 2015.
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