The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) claims that caffeine should belong to forbidden medicines of the World Anti-Doping Agency. The president of the AOC John Coates notices that caffeine induces addiction to sleeping remedies and tranquillisers.
It is known that the Australian swimmers that took part at the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games administered sleeping pills Stilnox. Thus, the president of the AOC notices that administration of caffeine resulted in usage of Stilnox.
Stilnox is often sold under the commercial name Zolpidem. It is a sleeping remedy which is administered in case of insomnia.
Coates notes that sportspersons take caffeine in order to increase performance. Usage of this substance leads to insomnia. Thus, athletes have to use sleeping tablets in order to treat insomnia.
The AOC and Swimming Australia want to prohibit usage of caffeine. It is their response to the disgrace linked with Grant Hackett. A doctor recommended administering Stilnox to this athlete at the time of the 2003 World Championships. As a result, Grant Hackett became addicted to this sleeping remedy.
Grant Hackett is a prominent swimmer. He won certain competitions, including the 2000 Sydney Olympics, the 2004 Athens Olympics and the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Alan Thompson, the former coach of the Australian Olympic Team, has also affirmed that administration of Stilnox is widely spread among Australian swimmers.
Stilnox was never on the list of prohibited medications. Anti-doping agencies didn’t conduct tests to discover usage of this medication.
But when it comes to caffeine, earlier it was banned by the WADA. But since it became widely spread and consumed in society, it was excluded from the list of banned products.
John Fahey, the president of the WADA, states that the WADA made the right decision and excluded caffeine from list of forbidden medications. He confirmed that caffeine would not be included in the list of prohibited products again.
Although numerous experts claim that caffeine is a performance enhancer, John Fahey contests this affirmation. He claims that caffeine doesn’t impact on performance. John Fahey concludes that no any scientific literature describes ability of caffeine to enhance performance.