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Australian Olympic swimmer Madeline Groves, who won two silver medals in the 2016 Rio Games, has pulled out of this weekend’s trials for the 2021 Tokyo Games Australian swimming team, citing as her reason to not represent her country … well, read it for yourself:

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. Time’s UP https://t.co/XMQCRPjNzK

— Maddie Groves (@MaddieGroves_) June 9, 2021

In November of last year, Groves took to Twitter first to complain about an unnamed individual in swimming looking at her inappropriately:

We didn’t really have a #metoo moment in swimming but just realising maybe it was this weirdo staring at my tits when I’m trying to swim https://t.co/viXPcHXMWi

— Maddie Groves (@MaddieGroves_) November 30, 2020

She followed this the next day with a complaint about an unnamed swimming coach making an inappropriate comment:

Just remembering the time a well known coach (not mine) asked me about uni and I told him one of my subjects was ‘Love, Relationships and Sex’ and he said in this creepy af voice “oh, you’d know allllllll about that 🤪😝🤪” 😳😳😳😳

— Maddie Groves (@MaddieGroves_) December 1, 2020

He came up to me like 15 minutes later and apologised, I think possibly cause the team psych told him to. Like dude I’m 20 please leave me alone and don’t make creepy comments to me when I’m just trying to be on the Australian Swim Team

— Maddie Groves (@MaddieGroves_) December 1, 2020

Swim Australia, which oversees competitive swimming in Australia, released a statement last December regarding Groves’ complaints:

In response to those allegations, Swimming Australia said: “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.

“Maddie declined to provide further information, nor do we have any previous complaints on record from Maddie.

“All allegations concerning

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