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Sport Australian swimmer Madeline Groves withdraws from Olympic trials, cites 'misogynistic perverts, boot lickers'

07:00  11 june  2021
07:00  11 june  2021 Source:   sports.yahoo.com

Australia's Madeline Groves drops out of Olympic swimming trials over 'misogynistic perverts'

  Australia's Madeline Groves drops out of Olympic swimming trials over 'misogynistic perverts' Two-time silver medal winner Madeline Groves won't compete in Australia's Olympic trials, accusing officials of body-shaming, medical gaslighting.The two-time Olympic medalist took to Instagram with her decision and further explained her reasoning in a later Tweet.

An Australian swimmer has withdrawn from upcoming Olympic trials , citing " misogynistic perverts " in the sport. Announcing her decision to withdraw on Wednesday, she said: "Let this be a lesson to all misogynistic perverts and their boot lickers " Swimming Australia said it takes sexual misconduct allegations seriously. It also said it had contacted Groves about her initial allegations, made last November and December, but that she had declined to provide further information and that it had no record of any previous complaints.

Double Olympic silver medallist Madeline Groves has pulled out of Australia 's swimming trials for the Tokyo Games, citing " misogynistic perverts in sport". Madeline Groves of Australia reacts. REUTERS/David Gray/File photo. Groves , who won silver in the 200 metres butterfly and 4x100 medley at the 2016 Rio Games, announced her decision on Instagram before following up with a furious tirade on Twitter on Thursday. “Let this be a lesson to all misogynistic perverts in sport and their boot lickers -- You can no longer exploit young women and girls, body shame or medically gaslight them

Two-time Australian Olympic medalist Madeline Groves won't compete for a spot in the Tokyo Games, citing exploitation of "young women and girls" in swimming.

a person wearing a blue shirt: Madeline Groves won't compete in Tokyo after winning two silver medals in 2016. (Odd Andersen/AFP via Getty Images) © Provided by Yahoo! Sports Madeline Groves won't compete in Tokyo after winning two silver medals in 2016. (Odd Andersen/AFP via Getty Images)

Groves, 26, won silver medals at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games in the 200-meter butterfly and the 4x100-meter medley. She announced on social media Wednesday that she "made the decision to not compete at Olympic Trials in Adelaide." She also wrote that she was "very relieved" and "excited to watch everyone at trials," but did not initially provide a reason for her withdrawal.

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Aussie Swimmer Madeline Groves Backs Out Of Olympic Trials Due To ' Misogynistic Perverts '. Breaking News. Now, Groves says she's fed up -- going OFF as she explained her decision to sit out the trials in Adelaide. "Let this be a lesson to all misogynistic perverts in sport and their boot lickers ," Groves said on Twitter Wednesday. "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."

Double Olympic silver medallist Madeline Groves has pulled out of Australia 's swimming trials for the Tokyo Games, citing " misogynistic perverts in sport". Groves , who won silver in the 200 metres butterfly and 4x100 medley at the 2016 Rio Games, announced her decision on Instagram before following up with a furious tirade on Twitter on Thursday. "Let this be a lesson to all misogynistic perverts in sport and their boot lickers -- 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

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Her explanation arrived later Wednesday in a critical Twitter statement.

"Let this be a lesson to all misogynistic perverts in sport and their boot lickers - 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," Groves wrote. "Time’s UP"

Groves did not name names or go into specifics. On Thursday, she thanked her followers for their support and announced that she's deleting the Twitter app.

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Olympics . Australian swimmer pulls out of Olympic trials , sends message to ‘ misogynistic perverts ’. Maddie Groves decided not to compete for a berth on the Australian Olympic swimming team after winning silver medals in Rio's Games. (Clive Rose/Getty Images). A two-time Olympic silver medalist in swimming decided to drop out of Australia ’s Olympic trials days before it is to begin, saying she wanted to send a message to “all misogynistic perverts in sport.”

MELBOURNE — Double Olympic silver medallist Madeline Groves has pulled out of Australia ’s swimming trials for the Tokyo Games, citing “ misogynistic perverts in sport.” Groves , who won silver in the 200 meters butterfly and 4×100 medley at the 2016 Rio Games, announced her decision on Instagram before following up with a furious tirade on Twitter on Thursday. “Let this be a lesson to all misogynistic perverts in sport and their boot lickers – 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

Groves' previous accusations of inappropriate conduct

Groves has levied previous criticism, including recounting last November a "weirdo" who stared at her while she was wearing a swimsuit. She wrote that that incident happened "a few years ago" and that the person who works in swimming has "possibly been given a promotion since."

She also wrote that a coach made a sexual comment to her when she was 20 years old while she was working to make the Australian swim team.

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Australian swimmer Maddie Groves has withdrawn from the Olympic trials while taking a swipe at " misogynistic perverts in the sport". Groves , a dual silver medallist at the 2016 Rio Olympics , won't compete at the trials for the looming Tokyo Games starting Saturday in Adelaide. Groves announced her withdrawal on Instagram on Wednesday night, then went further on Twitter on Thursday. "Let this be a lesson to all misogynistic perverts in sport and their boot lickers ," she wrote.

Australian butterfly specialist Maddie Groves withdraws from Olympic trials . Groves , 26, then launched scathing messages at unnamed swimming figures. 'Let this be a lesson to all misogynistic perverts in sport,' she wrote on Instagram. An Australian swimmer has angrily withdrawn from the upcoming Tokyo Olympic Games after calling out the ' misogynistic perverts ' and their ' boot lickers ' she says are running the sport. Maddie Groves , winner of two Olympic silver medals at the 2016 Games in Rio as well as two Commonwealth golds, announced on Wednesday she would not swim

Governing body's response to Groves' accusations

According to Reuters, governing body Swimming Australia reached out to Groves after her November Twitter posts.

"Swimming Australia reached out to Maddie in December 2020 to enquire about a tweet sent by her that referenced potential abuse by someone connected with swimming," an SA statement read, per Reuters. "Maddie declined to provide further information nor do we have any previous complaints on record from Maddie.

"All allegations concerning child abuse or sexual misconduct are taken seriously by Swimming Australia. 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."

Groves also expressed concern about COVID-19 in Tokyo

Groves also criticized last month an International Olympic Committee waiver for the Tokyo Games stating that participants "will take part in the Games at his/her own risk and own responsibility including ... serious bodily injury or even death raised by the potential exposure to health hazards such as the transmission of COVID-19.”

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It's not clear if concerns about COVID-19 in Tokyo also played a role in her decision.

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