Australian swimming head coach Leigh Nugent has baulked at describing his team's culture for the ill-fated London Olympic campaign as "toxic".

Nugent faced the media in Canberra on Tuesday after an independent review found some Australian swimmers abused prescription drugs and bullied teammates in a "toxic" culture which went unchecked at the Games.

The report found the London pool campaign unravelled as a lack of leadership, dwindling morale and animosity between swimmers cruelled performances.

Australian swimming's worst Olympics in two decades was undermined by a lack of moral authority and discipline which manifested in a "schoolyard clamour for attention and influence".

When asked if he would describe their team culture as toxic, Nugent said: "It's a pretty emotive word.

"I am not really sure what that means.

"Behavioural issues were not overtly obvious."

Asked if he was worried about keeping his job, Nugent said: "I am not sure if I am worried about it - any high performance job is one of those tenuous positions.

"Blame attribution is not where we need to go right now.

"In hindsight there are things I look at now and think maybe I could have addressed those things differently.

"But they will be discussed with the appropriate bodies."

Swimming Australia president Barclay Nettlefold also did not want to play the blame game.

"At the moment it is not about hiring and firing, it's about reviewing and presenting this (review findings) to our board," he said.

"You can't blame any one in isolation.

"This goes back to governance. We have clearly got some issues we have to address in governance - we've had 20 directors within five years.

"We've got to get stability in the board. We've got to get leadership in the board and I believe we have done that and are moving in the right direction."

Asked if "heads would roll", Nettlefold said: "I can't guarantee anything - it is something that we will put to the integrity panel and they will present their findings."

 

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