James Magnussen (2nd L) with teammates Cameron McEvoy (L) and Eamon Sullivan (R) from Australia's 4x100m freestyle relay team give a news conference in Sydney
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Australia swimmers sorry for pre-Games 'bonding' session

Members of Australia's Olympic swimming team said they used the sleeping medication Stilnox during a "bonding" session before the Games last year.

The six male athletes also said they engaged in disruptive behaviour.

Daniel Kowalski, CEO of Australian Swimmers Association, made a statement to the media describing the incident.

James Magnussen said he felt under pressure in the build-up to the Olympics and wanted to be "normal" for one night.

Eamon Sullivan said he was sorry that as a senior member of the team he had not shown more leadership.

Swimming Australia said the swimmers would face an inquiry panel.

  • 22 Feb 2013
  • From the section Asia