‘Stilnox Six’ to Face Punishment from Australian Olympic Committee on Friday

The 6 members of the Australian freestyler relay, now being referred to in Australian media as the “Stilnox six,” will learn their punishments from the Australian Olympic Committee on Friday as fallout from their caffeine-and-sleeping-pill fueled antics in a pre-Olympic training camp continues.

Eamon Sullivan, Matt Targett, James Magnussen, James Roberts, Tommaso D’Orsogna and Cameron McEvoy have been accused by Swimming Australia of taking sleeping medicine and energy drinks simultaneously, which fueled them running up and down hallways of the pre-Olympic training camp and pounding on teammates’ doors in the wee hours of the morning. The relay, which were favored for gold in London, then failed to medal at all.

In April, the six swimmers were fined and given deferred suspensions by Swimming Australia. Those deferred suspensions have not been described in great detail, and at a 1pm (Australian East Coast Time) press conference, the president of the Australian Olympic Committee John Coates will announce their penalties after a separate investigation.

All of the six relay swimmers aside from James Roberts have admitted to take the sleeping medicine after it was banned by the AOC in early July.

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Rather self-serving of the Australian Swimming and Olympic authorities isn’t it? In essence they have said: “yes we’re going to suspend you but it will be when it suits us. In the mean time go out there and participate in the World Championships – and you better bring home the hardware!”.
It will be extremely interesting to see whether they introduce a ban at this point in time. Likely they will as there are no further significant international swim events in the near future apart from the World Cup series.


‘Stilnox Six’….Australian for ‘morons’


The whole happening is over a year old and bureaucrats are still pondering what they should do about it? Is there no limit to a time span within which disciplinary actions must occur?

I really don’t understand how this can be in the interest of Swimming Australia to not handling the case determinedly and quickly. This is like encouraging the wordsmiths of Aussie media to show Australian swimming in a bad light for years to come.

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