Aussie Swimmers Face Sanction Over Sleeping Pills

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

SYDNEY (AP) - Former world swimming champions James Magnussen and Eamon Sullivan, and their 4x100-meter relay teammates, face possible sanction from the Australian Olympic Committee after admitting to taking the sleeping medication Stilnox during a "bonding session" ahead of last year's London Games.

Magnussen, Sullivan, Tommaso D'Orsogna, Cameron McEvoy, James Roberts and Matthew Targett held a press conference Friday with Swimming Australia president Barclay Nettlefold. They released a joint statement admitting they took Stilnox and engaged in disruptive behavior, including making prank calls during the Australian team's pre-games camp in Manchester.

Roberts later said he did not take Stilnox.

The medication is not banned but the AOC prohibited Australian athletes from using it ahead of the London Olympics after former swimmer Grant Hackett revealed he became dependent on sleeping pills during his career.


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