Oz swim team admits to taking illegal drug during bonding session at London Games

Last Updated: Fri, Feb 22, 2013 06:00 hrs

The Australian men's 4 x 100 freestyle relay team has revealed details about their conduct, including misuse of sleeping pills, during the London Olympics, in a press conference.

The six-men team, consisting of swimmers Eamon Sullivan, Tommaso D'Orsogna, James Magnussen, James Roberts, Matt Targett and Cameron McEvoy have admitted to taking a sedative Stilnox after a training session, in a statement read out by Swimmers Association chief executive Daniel Kowalski, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

According to the statement, the team admitted that they used the drug knowing that it was banned by the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC).

The statement further added that the pills were prescribed to Sullivan and Targett and the scripts were filled before the team left Australia and before the AOC announced that team members were banned from using the drug about three weeks before the Games.

The team further stated that they had taken one Stilnox tablet during a bonding session at the Games, and added that they believed that it was 'harmless fun'.

According to Magnussen and Sullivan, taking Stilnox had no effect whatsoever on their swimming performances in London.

The swimmers now face sanctions from the AOC which could include bans and fines, the paper added.

The revelations came a day after Swimming Australia (SA) created its integrity panel in the wake of two damning reviews released publicly on Tuesday. (ANI)

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