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Australian police to reopen Olympic swim team 'sex abuse cover up' investigation

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Sydney, Dec 7(ANI): Australian police may reopen investigation into allegations that elite Australian swimmers were sexually abused by late coach Terry Buck, a newspaper report said.

Earlier, as Olympic medallist had revealed what he calls "child sex abuse cover-up" at the highest levels of Australian swimming, which spanned 12 Olympic Games.

The swimmer had narrated a harrowing story of being targeted by Buck as an 11 year-old at the Clovelly Surf Club, and assaulted for the following seven years, News.com.au reported.

A detailed statement from his lawyer said that he has since suffered depression, loss of libido, emotional distress, humiliation, headaches, shock, anxiety and mood swings.

Strike Force Solano had spent five months investigating the allegations after the Sydney Olympic Games, but was disbanded in April 2001 with little explanation despite the willingness of the swimmer, his younger brother and a third man to testify.

According to reports, another Olympic and Commonwealth medallist, who had been approached by detectives to detail his own experiences as a victim, has handed over a list of 29 other victims, three of whom had committed suicide. (ANI)

Story first published: Monday, December 7, 2009, 13:13 [IST]
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