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Olympic drugs net scoops up Eadie

By John Coomber and Maria Hawthorne 15/07/2004 05:45:19 AM Comments (0)

Former world champion sprint cyclist Sean Eadie has become the third athlete thrown out of the Athens team amid a deepening Australian Olympic drugs crisis.

Cycling Australia (CA) withdrew Eadie's nomination after the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) informed officials that he was not an acceptable member of the team.

His sacking comes five days after weightlifter Caroline Pileggi was dumped for refusing to submit to a drugs test.

On the same day cyclist Jobie Dajka had his nomination suspended pending further investigations.

Eadie, 35, who has never returned a positive drugs test, was issued with an anti-doping infraction notice on Monday.

Australian Customs said they had intercepted a package of banned human growth hormones mailed to his address from San Diego, California in January 1999.

Eadie denies all knowledge of the matter, and has no recollection of two letters sent to him by Customs in January and April 1999.

Customs refused to comment on ABC reports of another notification against Eadie relating to a prohibited substance he allegedly received and returned in 1998.

AOC president John Coates, who is determined that all athletes need to be above suspicion before they can get on the plane for Athens, called on CA to withdraw Eadie's nomination on Monday.

He formalised his request in a letter on Tuesday and CA had no option but to comply.

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