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Oz players told to beware of media 'monster'

other Updated: Jul 27, 2011 01:23 IST
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Australian swimmer Geoff Huegill has warned fellow athletes against injudicious use of social media at next year's London Olympics, saying it could ruin their careers.

The twice Olympic medallist and a frequent user of Twitter, the 32-year-old said he was concerned that International Olympic Committee (IOC) guidelines on the use of social media were unclear.

“Forget drugs and even match-fixing, social media can ruin an athlete's career and tarnish a country's reputation,” he wrote in his column. “It can start out as simply venting frustration, but all of a sudden can snowball out of control and prompt a media frenzy.” The IOC guidelines encourage athletes to use social media and “blog and tweet their experiences” at the London Games.