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Customs to clear Aussie Games team

By John Coomber and Roger Vaughan 16/07/2004 07:12:05 PM Comments (0)

Australia's Olympic team is expected to be cleared to travel to Athens following background checks by Customs officers.

Olympic officials ordered checks on all 482 prospective team members, their coaches and managers to see if any had tried to import performance-enhancing products.

Well-placed sources said the checks had uncovered nothing that would prevent any athlete from joining the team in Athens.

Sprint cyclist Sean Eadie, who was dumped from the team this week, hopes to clear his name in a hearing in Sydney on Monday.

The Customs sweep is understood to have uncovered one doubtful substance from the mid 1990s, which was not illegal outside of competition.

Sports officials were checking the legal position before finalising the clearance.

In other good news for the beleaguered Australian Olympic team, cyclist Jobie Dajka has been told by South Australian police and Customs that he has no case to answer over suspected drug matters.

"He was interviewed by police who ended the meeting by wishing him well in Athens," the sources said.

Dajka, 22, whose nomination for Athens was withheld pending inquiries, is expected to be given the green light by former West Australian Supreme Court judge Robert Anderson, QC, next week.

While Dajka was celebrating the good news, weightlifter Caroline Pileggi lost her appeal against being dropped from the team for refusing a drug test.

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