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Eadie set to rejoin Olympic team

19/07/2004 11:04:04 PM Comments (0)

Cyclist Sean Eadie will be fast-tracked back into the Australian Olympic team after a judge threw out a drugs case against him.

In a special hearing of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Sydney, Judge Jerrold Cripps upheld Eadie's appeal against the withdrawal of his Games nomination by the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC).

Although there are formalities to complete in the next few days, Eadie, the 2002 world sprint champion, seems certain to be on the plane for Athens.

"We will abide by the CAS decision," said AOC spokesman Mike Tancred.

"It's a mere formality that he will be nominated to us again and we will select him."

However the AOC still has to deal with the fallout from a second Athens team-member caught in a check of customs records.

Unlike in the Eadie case, the athlete - a male member of the track and field team - is being given the chance to defend himself to Athletics Australia before he is publicly named.

A privacy clause prevents the AOC from naming the man, who is understood not to be a high profile athlete.

The only potential fly in the ointment for Eadie, 35, is a possible counter-appeal by 22-year-old Ben Kersten, who was named in the team when Eadie's nomination was withdrawn a week ago.

Kersten, who appealed unsuccessfully against missing out on the Sydney 2000 team, anticipated the outcome of the hearing when he declined to fly to Germany on Sunday with other members of the Olympic sprint team.

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