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Swimming boss stands down over remark allegations

Saturday - 6/1/2013, 3:28pm  ET

SYDNEY (AP) -- Swimming Australia president Barclay Nettlefold has temporarily stood down following accusations of inappropriate behavior toward a female team consultant.

SA board director Nicole Livingstone announced Saturday that Nettlefold would be the subject of an investigation into an alleged inappropriate remark he made to an unidentified woman during last month's national championships.

Livingstone, a former Olympian, says "the board takes these allegations of inappropriate comments seriously and, as such, has made the decision that the president steps down to enable a full and independent review to be undertaken."

Nettlefold was elected in October in a shakeup following Australia's poor performance at the London Olympics in which it failed to win a single individual gold medal. An independent review after the games included allegations of bullying and other misbehavior by Australian swimmers.

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