Australian swimmer Madeline Groves has not regretted withdrawing from the Olympics after complaining about alleged “misguided perversions” in her sport. Groves, who won two silver medals in Rio, says his call for cultural change is worth more than the Olympic medal.
Groves, 26, surprised his teammates in June with tests that could determine who could represent Australia at the Tokyo Games. After previously complaining about an inappropriate attitude of a coach, he posted a message on Instagram after leaving the group. “Let this be a lesson to all the misguided perverts in the game and in their suits: you can no longer exploit young women and girls, tell them about their bodies or try to manipulate them and then expect them to represent you. Your annual bonus can be earned. That time has passed. ”
Groves says he is now overwhelmed by the reactions he has received. “I got a lot of support. To be honest, I was very nervous about how people would behave,” he told the newspaper. Sydney Morning Herald. “Of course losing an event like the game was disappointing, but it was worth it.”
The Australian Swimming Federation decided immediately after he was charged that an independent panel should investigate. According to local media, six former swimmers have now lodged complaints. “If this team can make the game safer and everyone involved can enjoy it more, it’s worth more to me than the Olympic medal,” said Groves, a butterfly expert.
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