September 21, 2021

Maddie Groves, Olympic swimming medalist, refuses to go to the Tokyo Olympics

Two-time Australian Olympic swimming medalist Maddie Groves has slammed the selection door for the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games, denouncing the presence in the sport of “Misogynistic pervert”.

The 26-year-old, silver medalist in the 200-meter butterfly and 4 × 100 m relay at the Rio de Janeiro Games in 2016, shared her shocking decision on Instagram, Thursday, June 10, as the selection process for the July Olympics should start Saturday in the city of Adelaide.

” It’s over ! “

“May this be a lesson for all misogynistic perverts in sport and those who lick their boots”, she also wrote in a message on her Twitter account.

“You can no longer exploit young women and girls, shame 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 ! “, she is indignant.

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The swimmer does not give any indication of the identity of the persons concerned. She explained in November 2020 on Twitter having complained a few years earlier of a “Person working in swimming who makes me feel uncomfortable by the way he stares at me in my clothes”, then specifying that the said person had received a promotion since.

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

No formal complaint

Kieren Perkins, chairman of Swimming Australia, the governing body of swimming in the country, for his part 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 “, he told Channel Nine on Friday.

“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”.

The World with AFP