Head of the sport to take the fall for team behaviour.
The fallout from Australia’s abysmal performance at the London Olympics has claimed its biggest scalp with Swimming’s top coach Neigh Nugent to announce his resignation this week.
In the aftermath of one of the worst performances by an Australian team at a major meet in 20 years, a post-mortem into what went wrong has been carried out and the finger of blame has largely been pointed at behaviour behind the scenes.
Nugent has been accused of ignoring complaints regarding the men’s 4×100 metre relay team harassing female teammates, and News.com.au is reporting Nugent will step down from his job in the next two days.
Further shakeups are expected in the coming weeks with former British Swimming boss Michael Scott expected to step into the newly created role of high performance director.
Scott, who was a former director at the Australian Institute of Sport, was also a high-profile casualty of poor performances at last year’s games, with the hosts only winning a silver and two bronze medals at their Olympics.
The latest news come in the wake of the Bluestone review that uncovered a “toxic” culture within the Australian swimming team citing examples of athletes flouting curfews and consuming alcohol and prescription drugs when advised not to.