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Hodge replaced by Australian Swimming

By Janelle Miles 12/12/2003 06:20:17 PM Comments (0)

Greg Hodge was replaced as the Australian Swimming team's high performance director after asking for extended leave.

The Australian Swimming board replaced Hodge with national youth coach Leigh Nugent, who's expected to take the national team to next year's Athens Olympics.

Hodge was earlier this year accused by former swimmer Emma Fuller, 20, of stalking her.

Fuller will seek an apprehended violence order against Hodge in February.

Hodge has strenuously denied Ms Fuller's claims.

The claims were first aired on the Nine Network's A Current Affair in October.

Hodge is suing the network over the allegations which included claims he inappropriately touched and kissed Ms Fuller when she was a 12-year-old boarder at his home in the mid-1990s.

The 55-year-old was later banned from contact with athletes and coaches until the case was resolved and he did not attend the Australian Swimming of the Year dinner in Melbourne last week.

Olympic 1500m freestyle gold medallist Grant Hackett said earlier Hodge's ban had no effect on the team's preparations for Athens.

"I think everyone's just focussed on themselves and what they have to do in order to prepare to be the best athlete they can," Hackett said last month.

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