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Cyclist Kelly faces career crisis

By Roger Vaughan 25/06/2004 07:17:22 PM Comments (0)

Shane Kelly is a four-time world champion with one jewel missing from his track cycling crown.

But before he can spend his mad minute chasing that gold medal in Athens, Kelly has to convince the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) he's clean.

Kelly is the best-known of five former world track champions who were revealed as the elite cyclists linked to the Mark French affair.

Sprinters Sean Eadie and Jobie Dajka and team pursuiters Graeme Brown and Brett Lancaster will also put their cases to an inquiry into the scandal, now underway.

It is understood at least one rider will argue he was never at the Australian Institute of Sport's Adelaide headquarters at the same time as French.

The five riders are embroiled in the affair because French testified earlier this month they had injected substances in his room at the Del Monte complex.

French also said he had no knowledge of the riders injecting banned substances.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) banned French on June 9 after finding him guilty of doping offences.

Fairfax newspapers named the five riders, after a week of intense speculation about their identities.

"We're disappointed, but at the same time, given the shocking lack of respect for confidentiality over the last few days, we were prepared for that to happen," head track coach Martin Barras said of the disclosure.

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