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“the misogynistic perverts in the sport and their bootlickers,” two-time Olympic silver medalist Maddie Groves has withdrawn from Australian swimming trials for the Tokyo Games.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 Olympic Games, made the shocking revelation ahead of the trials which begin Saturday in Adelaide. “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 of “someone who works in swimming making me uncomfortable with the way she looks at me” in her swimsuit.
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 President Kieren Perkins said Groves had not made any formal complaints and urged her to get in touch.
“Sadly, Maddie is certainly having a little trouble right now, it seems from the social media posts she runs,” he told Channel Nine television on Friday.
“The reality is all we know, what’s on social media, she hasn’t contacted Swimming Australia at any time, we haven’t been able to speak to her directly and analyze her concerns to find out. what is happening.”
“I can certainly reassure her that such statements are of the utmost importance to us, and providing a safe environment for all of our participants is absolutely paramount for us,” he added.
Former Olympic 1,500-m freestyle champion Perkins stressed that the governing body could only consider the matter if a complaint is filed.
“Unfortunately, the social media posts are no complaints for us. We actually have to sit down and talk to people about it,” he said.
“We would love to do that and we would love for Maddie to come talk to us if she feels she can.”
Although she has withdrawn from the trials, Groves has indicated that she is not ending her career, saying she is looking forward to “taking part in other competitions later in the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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