Controversial swimming coach Scott Volkers will be part of the Brazilian national team’s pre-Olympic training camp despite being barred from Rio 2016.
Volkers has been banned from poolside and accredited areas throughout the duration of the competition, following a request from International Olympic Committee (IOC) vice-president John Coates.
The Australian coach was previously accused of sexually abusing three female swimmers in the 1980s and was arrested in 2002 on suspicion of indecently dealing with a child under the age of 16.
The trio, aged 13, 12 and 14 at the time of the alleged offences, pressed charges but Volkers strenuously denied wrongdoing.
While the charges were eventually dropped due to a lack of evidence, the 57-year-old was still banned from working with any swimmer under 16 years of age.
Coates wrote a letter to Rio 2016 President Carlos Nuzman, requesting that Volkers be barred from the Games, following a report from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in 2014, which criticised the way the case was handled.
His appeal to Rio 2016 also came after the Australian Olympic Committee, an organisation Coates presides over, introduced strict measures designed to combat child abuse, which included the possibility of banning athletes from the Olympics if their sport failed to comply.
It has now emerged that Volkers will still be in Rio de Janiero to train two of his athletes before they travel to the Athletes’ Village.
“It was a mutual agreement with Minas,” Brazilian Aquatic Sports Confederation spokesman Ricardo de Moura told foxsports.com.
“We spoke with them and the club nominated a different coach for the Olympic squad.”
“But Scott will be in Rio de Janeiro, he will train with the athletes that he most closely works with, Henrique [Martins] and Italo [Manzine], until they go to the village.”
Volkers is currently a swimming coach at the Minas Tennis Club, having moved to South America in 2011 to continue his work within the sport.
Due to the fact that a total of eight swimmers from the club have qualified to compete at their home Olympics, Volkers would have been eligible for accreditation at the Games.
Volkers is best known for coaching leading Australian swimmers Susie O'Neill, a two-time Olympic champion and Samantha Riley, winner of three Olympic medals during her career in the pool.