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Report: Swim coaches bond with strippers, alcohol

September 13, 2014

SYDNEY (AP) — Australian media is reporting that coaches of the national swim team took part in parties involving strippers, porn movies and binge-drinking at annual bonding sessions.

The Sunday Telegraph says two interim reports of an independent inquiry suggest parties were conducted in the presidential suite of a Gold Coast hotel occupied by the then-head coach of the Australian team, and that he was an “active and willing participant” in some.

The parties were said to have taken place from 2002 to 2005. The head coach has since resigned.

The inquiry was commissioned after Australia’s poor performance at the 2012 London Olympics, reports of bullying by some team members, and extended use of sleeping tablets by others.

Swimming Australia would not comment on Sunday’s reports.

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