Oz Olympian in gun photo row

Jun 08, 2012, 08:40 IST | AFP

Controversial swimmers Nick D'Arcy and Kenrick Monk were blasted as "foolish" by Australia's Olympic authorities yesterday for posting a photo of themselves posing with guns on the Internet

The Australian Olympic Committee said the photograph posted on Facebook and Twitter was “foolish and clearly inappropriate for members of the 2012 Australian Olympic Team”.

“Anything that is not in the Olympic spirit, or does not follow our guidelines will come down,” said Nick Green, chef de mission of Australia’s 2012 Olympic team.

“This incident serves as a warning to all athletes on the 2012 Team about the dangers of social media.”

Green said the sport’s governing body was investigating the incident, which was greeted with anger in their native Australia where guns have been a sensitive issue since the 1996 Port Arthur massacre that killed 35 people. 

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