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Dajka may face further grilling

By Guy Hand and Sharon Mathieson 18/11/2004 08:35:24 PM Comments (0)

Axed Olympic cyclist Jobie Dajka could face a further probe into whether he used a banned animal hormone after the release of the final stage of a report into allegations of drug use by Australian cyclists.

The Australian Sports Commission (ASC) and Cycling Australia (CA) say they want to further examine the report by Robert Anderson QC tabled in federal parliament before deciding what action to take over Dajka's case.

World keirin champion Dajka was booted off the Australian Olympic team in July after admitting he lied to the Anderson inquiry into claims of drug use in disgraced cyclist Mark French's room at the Australian Institute of Sport's Del Monte facility in Adelaide.

But Dajka has always denied injecting any banned substance, though he did admit to self-injecting vitamins.

The Anderson Report said there was "insufficient evidence" to prove the South Australian used equine growth hormones (eGH), though circumstantial evidence pointed to his teammate French using them.

But ASC chief executive Mark Peters said the Dajka case would be examined again in light of the Anderson report tabled by Federal Sports Minister Rod Kemp in the Senate.

"We now need to look with Cycling Australia as to where we take that information, whether there should be re-interviewing of Jobie or in fact the matter should be closed," Peters said.

"It's something we need to look at and we can't talk much about it because there are legal issues."

The report said Dajka's DNA was found on nine different articles found in a bucket in French's room, including a syringe that registered as possibly contaminated with growth hormone.

But Anderson said cross contamination was also a possible explanation.

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