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Swimming Australia ‘very concerned’ by Maddie Groves withdrawal over ‘perverts’

Kieren Perkins says athlete safety is ‘paramount’ after Australian swimmer withdraws from Olympic trials citing actions of an unnamed individual

Swimming Australia has urged Maddie Groves to provide more information on allegations the athlete made after she withdrew from the upcoming Olympic trials and said her decision should be a lesson to “misogynistic perverts” in the sport.

Kieren Perkins, the president of Swimming Australia, said the sport’s national governing body had contacted the 26-year-old Olympian when she first raised concerns on social media a year ago, and again this week, but was yet to have a direct conversation with her about the allegations.

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