- Australian innovator Maddie Groves does not take part in the Olympic trials, citing “perverse misogynists”.
- The two-time silver medalist has been complained about on social media before bothering in his sport.
- Groves has two reproductive health disorders, and she also says she has been embarrassed.
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Australian innovator Maddie Groves has announced she will not be taking part in the upcoming Olympic trials months after she said an annual harassment complaint had gone nowhere. Trials for the 2021 Tokyo Games are set to begin Saturday in Adelaide.
Groves, a 26-year-old Olympic silver medalist, first post on her decision on Instagram Wednesday, writing was relieved and “grateful to feel so supported” in her decision. She said she looks forward to participating in other competitions and wished good luck to her fellow athletes.
But when Groves posted it on Twitter shortly after, it took on a different tone.
—Maddie Groves (@MaddieGroves_) June 9, 2021
“Let it be a lesson for all the misogynistic perverts in sports and their running shoes,” he wrote. “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.”
Groves did not clarify who or what he was talking about, and said he would cancel his Twitter app.
Groves first took to social media with complaints of harassment in his sport
In December, Groves wrote on Twitter about a past complaint she had filed “a few years ago” against someone in the industry who made her “feel uncomfortable her way of looking at me in my togs, ”an Australian term for swimsuit.
She also wrote that she felt ashamed of her body and without support in dealing with her health. Groves has endometriosis, a condition where tissue such as uterus grows on the outside of the uterus. He has too adenomyosis, a related condition in which similar tissue spreads to the uterine wall.
—Maddie Groves (@MaddieGroves_) December 1, 2020
Next, Swimming Australia said Reuters that Groves “refused to provide further information” and that he had no previous complaints filed by the athlete. SA also said it takes child abuse and sexual misconduct seriously.
“We consider the well-being, safety and well-being of children and young people as paramount, and we have a duty to conduct investigations to uphold the standards of our sport,” the statement said.
Groves, a bufferfly specialist, won two silver medals at the 2016 Rio Games, his first Olympic Games. He also twice won a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games and took gold in a freestyle relay at the 2018 Pan Pacific Championships.