Swimming: Australian swimming chief stands down over remark allegations

SYDNEY (AP) - Swimming Australia (SA) 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 two allegations of inappropriate remarks, including those reportedly made to the unidentified woman during last month's national championships.

"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," said Livingstone, a former Olympian.

Nettlefold was elected in October in a shake-up 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.

Since the London Games, Australian swimming has been plagued by controversy.

Head coach Leigh Nugent resigned and six simmers were fined for breaking the team ban on the prescription sleep medication Stilnox and disrupting other team members at a pre-Olympic camp in Manchester last July.