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Drug claims outrageous: cycling body

By Roger Vaughan 18/06/2004 07:47:12 PM Comments (0)

Cycling Australia (CA) blasted Senator John Faulkner over doping allegations that cast a slur on the national track program.

CA chief executive Graham Fredericks said Faulkner's comments in the senate were "outrageous" and called on him to come forward with any information.

"If Senator Faulkner or anyone else has any evidence, we'd gladly receive it," Fredericks said.

"If it's just a bit of sensationalism for a political end, we'd be grateful if the issue went away and the athletes' names weren't defamed ahead of the Olympics.

"He needs to be very careful to get his facts right before he makes such outrageous statements."

Senator Faulkner alleged that track cyclist Mark French, 19, might have been introduced to a drug called Testicomp which contains a banned glucocorticosteroid by a senior member of the AIS cycling squad.

He said the drugs were shared by up to five cyclists including two potential gold medallists.

The allegations are another blow to cycling's image, which has taken a pummelling since the French Festina team was kicked off the 1998 Tour de France.

That scandal broke when customs officials found a large cache of banned substances in a Festina team car.

"It's a huge diversion - I think the sport worldwide is still hungover from the Festina affair," Fredericks said.

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