- Associated Press - Friday, August 28, 2015

SYDNEY (AP) - Australia Olympians for next year’s Rio Games will be banned from taking sleeping drugs from the time they’re selected for the national team.

In a bid to avoid repeating the controversies of the 2012 London Games, the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) has tightened restrictions on the use of what it called “hypnotic medications.”

Six members of Australia’s swim team were fined and given suspended sentences for taking Stilnox before the London Games began, thinking it was permitted because it was at a pre-games training camp. They used the drug to overcome anxiety and sleep well the night before competition.

AOC chief executive Fiona de Jong said Friday that the ban has been extended to cover the period from an athlete’s selection until the end of an Olympics.

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