Swimming Australia’s new high performance director Michael Scott will make the banning of Stilnox by team members one of his first moves in drawing a “line in the sand” after the disappointing Olympic performance last year.
Scott, who officially started his first day with the organisation Wednesday, said while Stilnox was not banned under WADA or ASADA guidelines, it was commonsense for the swim team to fall in line with the Australian Olympic Commitee’s policies. The AOC banned use of Stilnox among the Olympic team in the lead-up to London.
“My personal opinion is that if it’s banned by the AOC and that’s the event we want to peak at in Rio, then we have to work towards that standard,” Scott said.
“It’s something I would have to take to the high-performance committee and discuss, but to me it’s commonsense. You’ve got to work in that environment for four years, you need to prepare for that environment now.”
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