'Scapegoat' Magnussen blames age and inexperience for Stilnox incident

Last Updated: Mon, Feb 25, 2013 05:30 hrs

Australian swimming sensation James Magnussen has blamed his youth for taking a banned drug at the London Olympics, adding that he had been 'hung out to dry' for the incident.

Stating that he is ready to move on from the swimming scandal, Magnussen claimed his age and inexperience made him commit the mistake of taking the drug Stilnox, although he added that he took responsibility for what he did as an individual, News.com.au reports.

Magnussen, who said that he had felt a lot of pressure to perform at the Games, stated that he had lost a lot of sleep over the incident, and is glad that he has come clean about his wrongdoing.

Magnussen also felt that he had been made a scapegoat over the incident.

Magnussen was one of the Olympic men's 4x100m freestyle relay team who admitted taking the banned drug Stilnox during a bonding session while at a team camp in Manchester before the London Games, the report added. (ANI)

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