Nick D'Arcy.
Nick D'Arcy. thedaily.com.au

D'Arcy wants to rebuild image

NICK D'Arcy says part of the reason he agreed to be interviewed by A Current Affair is to rebuild his public image after it was damaged when he assaulted fellow Australian swimmer Simon Cowley.

The Sunshine Coast based 200m butterfly champion, who was recently banned from competing in the swimming world championships in Rome this year as a result of the assault, says in an interview to be played on ACA tonight that the he expects to face tough criticism from the Australian public.

"Obviously there are going to be some parts of the public that aren't going to be very receptive to what I say and I'm trying to do the best I can to re-build my image," he says.

"I think this interview is a good way to move forward with that.

"If people don't believe I am sincere there is not a lot I can do about that unfortunately."

When asked if Cowley needs to clear his name because some believed he provoked D'Arcy into hitting him, D'Arcy has no comment.

"I can only comment on how I think I'm perceived and I can only do what I can to re-build my public image," he says.

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