Olympic swimming flop claims big scalp

Last updated 13:54 22/11/2012
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FLOP: James Magnussen was one of many swimmers that under-performed.

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Swimming Australia's chief executive is resigning after overseeing the country's Olympic flop.

Under mounting pressure as the sport and the performance of its hierarchy in Australia is scrutinised, it is understood Kevin Neil began telling confidantes of his intention to quit on Wednesday.

One insider told Fairfax Media that Swimming Australia was now preparing to announce major change at the top.

Significant change had been expected at Swimming Australia after a hugely disappointing campaign at the London Olympics and significant unrest within the elite athletes ranks. A large-scale review into the country's worst performance at a summer Games in 20 years is underway.

Barclay Nettlefold has replaced Kevin Urquart as president, and with Neil standing down, the two most senior roles in the organisation will be replaced.

Head of the Australian Swimmers' Association, Daniel Kowalski, has been outspoken in agitating for change at Swimming Australia. The former Olympic and Commonwealth Games gold medallist has argued that the administration needed to be held to account as much as the swimmers for the poor Olympic performance in London.

Kowalksi was openly critical of Swimming Australia in the lead up to the Olympics over salary and funding matters, and has had major problems with the organisation's lack of consultation over big issues.

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