Madeline Groves, double Australian Olympic swimming medalist, has decided to give up qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics to denounce the presence of misogynistic perverts.
A boycott as a protest. The double Australian Olympic swimming medalist Madeline Groves slammed the door of the selection for the Olympic Games in Tokyo, denouncing the presence in the sport of “misogynistic perverts”. The 26-year-old, a silver medalist in the 200-meter butterfly and 4x100m relay at the Rio de Janeiro Games in 2016, shared her shocking decision on Instagram late Thursday, as the selection process for the The July Olympics are due to start on Saturday in the city of Adelaide.
May this be a lesson for all the misogynistic perverts in sports and those who lick their boots, she wrote in her post. You can no longer exploit young women and girls, 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.
The swimmer does not give any indication of the identity of the persons concerned. She had complained last November on Twitter of 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” made by an unidentified coach, who later quickly apologized, “perhaps because the team psychologist had told her to do so”. The governing body of swimming in the country Swimming Australia had subsequently indicated that it had attempted to contact Ms Groves about the tweet but that she “had refused to provide further information”.
Despite her withdrawal, Maddie Groves says she does not intend to end her career, saying she looks forward to “participating in other competitions later this year”.