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After a year to forget, Swimming Australia tapped into one of the sport-obsessed nation's greatest triumphs by appointing America's Cup-winning sailor John Bertrand as its new president on Friday.

The dual Olympian replaces­ Barclay Nettlefold, who resigned in June after just eight months in the job when he was accused of making an inappropriate­ remark to a female team consultant.

That was just one of a string of negative incidents that have dogged the body since the swimming powerhouse slumped to its lowest Olympic medal haul in 20 years at last year's London Olympic Games.

Bertrand was skipper of Australia II when it won the America's Cup in 1983, ending 132 years of United States dominance of the yacht racing challenge and sparking nationwide celebrations.

 "Swimming has a proud history in this country and a reputation for hard work, humility and success. This tradition needs to continue and be a clear focus for all athletes and coaches as we head toward [the] Rio [Olympic Games]," the 66-year-old said in a statement.­

Betrand takes over an organization still reeling from a scathing review into the London Games in February which said poor management had allowed a "culturally toxic" environment to develop with abuse of alcohol and prescription­ drugs, as well as flouting of curfews and bullying­ going unchecked.

Six top swimmers were subsequently fined for taking Stilnox, a sedative­ banned by the Australian­ Olympic Committee­ (AOC), as part of a "bonding"­ session in the lead-up to London.

An Independent Swimming Review into the high performance program commissioned by the Australian Sports Commission also reported in February, making 35 recommendations for improvements.

Swimming Australia was also hit in the pocket with the withdrawal of a major sponsor and only last week.

Reuters - Global Times

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