Australian swimmer Maddie Groves slams door to Olympic selection denouncing sexism

Two-time Australian Olympic swimming medalist Maddie Groves slammed the selection door for the Tokyo Olympics, denouncing the presence in the sport of “Misogynistic pervert”.

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The 26-year-old, silver medalist in the 200-meter butterfly and the 4x100m relay at the Rio de Janeiro Games in 2016 announced her decision on Instagram on Thursday, June 10, while the selection process for the Olympics July is due to start on Saturday June 12 in the city of Adelaide.

“May this be a lesson for all misogynistic perverts”

“You can no longer exploit young women and girls, she wrote in her message, Shame them with their bodies or fear for their health and then expect them to represent you so that you can earn your annual bonus. It’s over ! “

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The swimmer does not give any indication of the identity of the persons concerned. She complained last November on Twitter about a “Person working in swimming who makes me feel uncomfortable by the way he stares at me in my clothes”.

A few days later she denounced a “Sinister comment” done by an unidentified coach, who later quickly apologized, “Maybe because the team psychologist told him to do it”.

No formal complaint

Swimming Australia president Kieren Perkins regretted that the swimmer did not file a formal complaint. “The reality is that all we know is what is on social media, she has not contacted Swimming Australia at any point, we have not been able to speak to her directly and talk about her concerns to understand this what happens “, did he declare.

“Unfortunately, social media posts do not represent an admissible complaint for us. We have to sit down with the people and talk about it ”, he added. “We would really like to do this and we wish Maddie would come and talk with us if she thinks she can do it.”, he continued.

Despite her withdrawal, Maddie Groves clarifies that she does not intend to end her career, saying she is looking forward to “Participate in other competitions later this year”.


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