Thursday, August 22, 2013
Australian Olympic Committee won't punish swimmers
SYDNEY -- The Australian Olympic Committee has decided not to impose any further sanctions on the men's freestyle relay swim team for the use of the sleeping tablet Stilnox at the London Olympics.
AOC chief John Coates said Friday that the penalties imposed by Swimming Australia on the six swimmers were sufficient.
The decision comes four months after the swimmers were punished by Swimming Australia for their bonding session at a pre-Olympic camp in Manchester last year. The relay team -- newly crowned world 100-meter champion James Magnussen, Eamon Sullivan, Matt Targett, James Roberts, Tommaso D'Orsogna and Cameron McEvoy -- were fined and given suspended sentences.
The swimmers, with the exception of Roberts, admitted taking Stilnox, which was banned by the AOC. Their misbehavior also included waking teammates with prank calls and door-knocks.