Australia’s head swimming coach, Leigh Nugent, is reportedly to be sacked after Australia’s disastrous campaign at the London Olympics.
News Limited reported today that Mr Nugent’s dismissal was decided last week and will be announced today or tomorrow.
The move comes in the wake of two damning reports handed down last month into the dismal performance of the Australian swimming team in London. Those reports suggested that Australian swimming was in the grip of a toxic culture which saw athletes abuse prescription drugs, alcohol and curfews during last year’s games.
Mr Nugent was also criticised over reports he ignored complaints that members of Australia’s men’s 4x100m relay team had harassed female swimmers at a pre-games camp in Manchester last year.
Members of the team, including James Magnussen and Eamon Sullivan, confessed to using the sleeping aide Stilnox despite an AOC ban. Some swimmers banged on the doors of female athletes as they slept.
Australia’s inquest into the worst Olympic performance in 20 years resulted in calls for a major reshuffle at the top of Swimming Australia. The former British Swimming boss Michael Scott is expected to be named next week to the newly created post of high performance director for Swimming Australia. Mr Scott is a former director of the Australian Institute of Sport.
Mr Nugent has not commented on the reports.
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