Oz Olympic swimmers slammed for `culturally toxic` booze, bullying

Oz Olympic swimmers slammed for 'culturally toxic' booze, bullying incidents during Games

Last Updated: Tue, Feb 19, 2013 10:50 hrs

Australian swimmers have been damned by reports that revealed that they had broken team rules on alcohol, prescription drugs, bullying and team curfews during the 2012 London Olympic Games in incidents, which have been described as 'culturally toxic'.

The findings, part of the Bluestone and the Australian Sports Commission's Independent Swimming reviews on the Australian swim team, have confirmed reports related to stilnox, disruptive behaviour and bullying by the swim team, News.com.au reports.

According to the Bluestone report, the swim team at the London Olympics had loose standards, discipline and accountabilities.

According to the other report, Australian swimmers were involved in a number of culturally toxic incidents like getting drunk, misuse of prescription drugs, breaching curfews, deceit, and bullying that breached agreements.

The report added that although the misdeeds warranted a strong, collective leadership response that included coaches, staff and the swimmers, no such action was taken. (ANI)

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