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SBD Global/July 4, 2012/Olympics
Australia's Olympic Committee Bans Athletes From Taking Sleeping Pills
Published July 4, 2012
RISK INVOLVED: In Sydney, Wayne Smith cited former Olympic swimmer Travis Nederpelt saying that there were "risks associated with taking it away from athletes" before a major competition. Nederpelt: "If it does cost someone a medal, it will be for mental reasons because their routine is thrown out. But having been to two Olympics, I know it's the mental reasons that hurt you most, not the physical." Athletes and medical experts questioned whether the potential harm caused by taking the drug outweighed the problems caused by sleep deprivation, and noted that "athletes from other nations, including swimming champion Michael Phelps, could still use Stilnox." Nederpelt added, "I've had really good nights' sleep using Stilnox and come up feeling full of energy the next day" (THE AUSTRALIAN, 7/4).