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New bosses for Australia after Olympic swim flop

Updated: 2013-04-10 16:52
By Agence France-Presse in Sydney (China Daily)

Former Hockey Australia boss Mark Anderson and the ex-head of British swimming Michael Scott were appointed on Tuesday to rebuild Australia's swim team after their dismal London Olympics campaign.

Anderson becomes chief executive, replacing Kevin Neil, who quit in the fallout from last summer's Games, with the swim team's performance marred by ill-discipline, drug use and drunkenness.

Scott, who was the high-performance boss for British Swimming for five years in the lead-up to the 2012 London Olympics, assumes a similar role in Australia.

He takes over from Leigh Nugent, who resigned from both that position and head coach last month as inquiries continued into allegations of misbehavior by some team members.

Swimming Australia has not had a high performance director for two years and Nugent battled to fill both roles in London - a situation criticized by the Australian Sports Commission during a recent review.

"We've gone through an exhaustive process to find the right people to lead our sport, and we know Mark and Michael have the skills and acumen to take the organization forward," Swimming Australia president Barclay Nettlefold said. "These appointments are just another positive step in setting up the best leadership structure to enable athletes and coaches to perform at their best."

Nugent, in particular, came under pressure after probes of Australia's disappointing performance in the Olympic pool found drunkenness, misuse of prescription drugs and bullying were among "toxic" incidents at the Games.

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