Olympic show jumper Shane Rose apologises for mankini controversy

Shane Rose won silver at the Olympics in 2020 (Picture: Getty/@shane.rose.eventing)

Three-time Olympic medallist Shane Rose has apologised for wearing a mankini at a show jumping event amid ‘concerns’ from Equestrian Australia.

Rose, who won silver in the team event at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, attracted controversy by wearing the outfit at Wallaby Hill near Sydney last weekend.

Riders had been encouraged to wear fancy dress at the event but Equestrian Australia had said that ‘concerns were raised’ about Rose’s choice of attire.

Rose wore three different outfits including a fluorescent orange mankini and a gorilla costume while he also dressed like Duffman from The Simpsons.

Equestrian Australia says it ‘has an obligation to address these concerns and is currently reviewing the matter’, which has prompted an apology from Rose.

‘If my costume offended anyone, I am truly sorry as this was never my intention,’ Rose posted on Facebook before deleting his comment to de-escalate the issue.

Rose is aiming to compete at the Olympic Games in Paris later this year and hopes the incident will not impact his preparations.

The 50-year-old won silver in both 2008 and 2020 and also registered a bronze medal in 2016.

‘With a bit of luck this will all be a bit of a laugh in a few days and we can all move on,’ Rose told the Sydney Morning Herald.

‘I wore a costume which you could see at a theme park or a beach. Potentially no-one has done it on [a] horse, but there you go.

Shane Rose is targeting a fourth medal in Paris later this year (Picture: Getty)

Shane Rose is targeting a fourth medal in Paris later this year (Picture: Getty)

‘I think I am a good person and I do a lot for the sport, and for people in different situations. I don’t feel like I have done anything particularly bad.

‘In hindsight, I should have re-thought what I did, but at the time I thought it was just a bit of fun.’

Equestrian Australia chief executive Darren Gocher added: ‘Whether it is one [complaint] or 1,000, we have an obligation to review it.’

Meanwhile, in a statement, Equestrian Australia said: ‘To be clear, Shane has not been suspended or sanctioned.

‘As is usual in these circumstances for all high performance athletes, he has been stood down from competition for several days while the review is carried out.

‘This does not affect his ability to train or otherwise participate in the sport. Equestrian Australia has also encouraged Shane to provide an account of the events if he wishes to do so.’


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