The Blue Stone Review has revealed the Australian Swim team’s misconduct that breached rules and also stated that the team as a whole existed within a ‘toxic’ culture which led to bullying and abuse of prescription drugs.
The reviews were prompted by the sport’s governing body after witnessing the swimming team’s worst performance in two decades last year at the London Olympics. The report throws light on issues regarding poor leadership since incidents of ‘indecent’ behavior and indiscipline were not addressed as they should’ve been by the staff and coaches, indicating that there was a ‘dire need’ of good leadership at the Olympic Games last year.
An increasingly desperate emphasis on gold within the team was found that led to a significant drop in morale. The team focused on obtaining the gold medals and forgot about the set limits and boundaries for the games. The Australian Swim team members who misused the prescription drug ‘Stillnox’ face sanctions.
It has been witnessed many a time that in sports, athletes often resort to desperate measures to win when the pressure is as huge as the Olympic Games. Lance Armstrong’s doping was also driven by the thirst to win and arrogance to constantly be at the top. A team like Australia which has a history of medal hauls at Olympics is likely to adopt such methods to maintain its legacy. Such a situation often arises either from over-confidence or obsession over winning.
Proper leadership including coaches and trainers must focus on the team’s conduct along with the winning part. Players and athletes are constantly under pressure. And one either makes it or breaks it when under pressure. Proper team counseling, especially when participating in important games such as the Olympics, must be provided in order to avoid Australian Swim team incidents.