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Olympic chief defends Nick D'Arcy

Updated: May 5, 2012, 12:43 AM ET
Associated Press

SYDNEY -- Australian Olympic Committee president John Coates defended the selection of swimmer Nick D'Arcy for the London Olympics amid accusations of a secret deal to put him on the team.

D'Arcy, regarded as a strong medal contender in the 200-meter butterfly, missed the 2008 Beijing Olympics and 2009 Rome world championships after being convicted of assaulting former swimmer Simon Cowley in a Sydney bar in March 2008.

D'Arcy was ordered to pay $370,000 in damages and costs, but declared ...

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