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Unhappy Kersten back in Athens team

By Will Swanton 31/07/2004 05:50:50 AM Comments (0)

Ben Kersten is back in the Australian Olympic team, but he's fuming.

Cycling Australia refused to hear the 22-year-old rider's appeal against his original non-selection for the Games because shortly after the hearing began, he was named as the replacement for the disgraced Jobie Dajka.

Dajka had earlier been sacked by Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) sports director Craig Phillips after admitting he untruthfully told an official inquiry that he never self-injected in the room of former teammate Mark French.

But after hearing the decision in Buettgen in Germany where he is with the Australian team in its pre-Games camp, the 2002 world keirin champion said he intended to appeal.

"I'm extremely disappointed with what's gone on this morning, I will be making an appeal," Dajka said as he rushed from the velodrome in the small city into a waiting car.

"I'm just going to continue training as per usual and just wanted to thank my team mates and this team for their support and I'll keep training for the Olympics, that's all I've got to say."

Dajka then headed off to weight training with other members of the team.

Kersten's appeal was going to state he should have been chosen in the team in the first place ahead of sprint rival Sean Eadie, and that a time trial between the pair had heavily favoured Eadie.

Kersten, who will board a flight at 3pm on Saturday to join the Australian team at its camp in Germany, claimed he could still be left high and dry in Athens if Dajka succeeded in his appeal.

"There are so many rights of appeal it's not funny," said Kersten.

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