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Eadie carries excess baggage to Olympics

By Paul Carter 25/07/2004 06:51:04 PM Comments (0)

Cyclist Sean Eadie couldn't leave Australia without being involved in a couple of dramas at the airport.

At least they were nothing to do with Customs, his manager Kerry Ruffels joked, referring to the department's involvement in the doping allegation which Eadie beat last week.

Before Eadie, 35, took off for the track team's pre-Olympic training camp in Buttgen, Germany, he was delayed for almost an hour while it was decided who would pay a $2,000 bill for 32kgs of excess baggage.

Qantas and Cycling Australia came to an arrangement, Ruffels said.

And then his press conference was brought to an abrupt halt by Ruffels when one question too many was asked about Eadie's rival Ben Kersten.

Before he was cut off Eadie scotched any chance of taking part in a "ride off" for his spot, as suggested by the Kersten camp.

Kersten was called-up as a replacement for Eadie after initially missing selection, only to be dropped again when Eadie was cleared of trying to import banned human growth hormones by mail.

"Within the rules, that's sort of past now. The next ride off I'll have will be round one at the Olympics on August 21st at 4.30," Eadie said.

While some doubt exists over his spot while Kersten appeals, Eadie was "supremely confident" all the drama was behind him and he would line up for Australia at the velodrome in Athens to lead off the team sprint.

"We've done everything we've had to do. Jumped over every hurdle and through every hoop and it's out of my hands now," he said.

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