Australian swimmer Madeline Groves has no regrets about opting out of the Olympics after complaining about "misogynistic perverts" allegedly working in her sport.

Groves says her call for culture change has been worth more than an Olympic medal.

Groves, 26, surprised her teammates by withdrawing in June from the trials that determined who would represent Australia at the Tokyo Games.

After previously complaining about an inappropriate approach by a coach, she posted a message on Instagram after her unsubscribe.

“Let this be a lesson to all the misogynistic perverts in sports and their sluts: you can no longer exploit young women and girls, say things about their bodies or try to manipulate them, and then expect them to represent you so that you can get your annual bonus. can earn. Those days are over."

Groves says she is now overwhelmed by the reactions she received.

"I've received a lot of messages of support. To be honest, I was quite nervous about how people would react," she told the

Sydney Morning Herald



"Of course it was disappointing to miss an event like the Games, but it has been worth it."

At the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro, Madeline Groves (left) took silver in the 200-meter butterfly.

At the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro, Madeline Groves (left) took silver in the 200-meter butterfly.

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Six former swimmers have reported

The Australian Swimming Federation decided shortly after her indictment to have an independent panel investigate.

According to local media, six former swimmers have now reported complaints.

"If this panel can ensure that the sport becomes safer and that everyone involved can enjoy it more, it will be worth more to me than an Olympic medal," said butterfly specialist Groves, who continues her career.

At the 2016 Games, Groves won silver in the 200-meter butterfly and finished second with the relay team in the 4x100-meter medley.