The atmosphere inside the Australia swim team at the London Olympics has been described as 'culturally toxic' with incidents of prescription drug use and bullying prevalent.
It also found there were numerous incidents relating to alcohol use and breaking curfew.
The shocking findings were part of 'The Bluestone Review' into the leadership of Australian swimmers, which will be released today.“Standards, discipline and accountabilities for the swim team at the London Olympics were too loose,” the report said.
“There were enough culturally toxic incidents across enough team members that breached agreements (such as getting drunk, misuse of prescription drugs, breaching curfews, deceit, bullying) to warrant a strong, collective leadership response that included coaches, staff and the swimmers. No such collective action was taken.”
Morale was apparently at an all-time low during the London Olympics with such an intense fopcus on winning gold medals.
Players struggled to compete for attention ahead of the 4x100m freestyle relay and James Magnussen as he bid to win the 100m freestyle.“Poor behaviour and disrespect within the team were not regulated or resisted strongly by other team members, and it was left unchecked by or without consequence by staff and coaches on a number of occasions,” the report found.
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