Commonwealth Games Medal Hope Isaac Cooper was dismissed by the Australian swimming team on Wednesday and returned home on “health challenges, including drug use.”
The fast-growing 18-year-old boy was backed to win the podium at the 50-meter and 100-meter backstroke events at the competition in Birmingham starting next week.
He was part of a mixed medley relay team that won the Australian silver medal after finishing 8th in a 50m backstroke at the recent World Championships in Budapest.
However, the Australian Swimming Federation said on its way home from a training camp in France, “following some health challenges, including the use of medicines.”
“He acknowledged his mistakes and accepted the results. The Australian Swimming Federation will continue to support him in tackling these challenges,” the Governing Body said in a statement.
Ten years ago, members of the Australian swimming team were involved in a scandal after taking the sleeping pill Stilnox, a sedative hypnotic used to treat insomnia, at a bonding session prior to the London Olympics.
The case was investigated by the Australian Olympic Committee. That’s because team members banned the use of drugs regardless of their field.
That’s because the entire 4x100m men’s relay team (James Magnussen, Tommaso D’Orsonya, Cameron McEvoy, Eamon Sullivan, Matt Target, James Roberts) was fined and handed a postponed suspension. It has reached its climax.
It was unclear what drug was involved in Cooper, but Australian media reported that it was not related to Stillnox.
“The welfare of our athletes continues to be our absolute priority,” added the Australian Swimming Federation.
“The Australian Swimming Federation is wary of educating athletes about their obligations within the framework of national integrity and to ensure that they maintain the highest standards and actions when representing Australia. Will continue to provide all the support you need. “