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Suspected cyclists cleared: report

03/07/2004 06:04:44 AM Comments (0)

All five cyclists implicated in the Mark French drug scandal will reportedly be sent to Athens after being cleared in a report released on Friday night by a retired Supreme Court judge.

Track riders Sean Eadie, Shane Kelly, Jobie Dajka, Graeme Brown and Brett Lancaster were under investigation after disgraced cyclist French said they had used his room at the Australian Institute of Sport's Del Monte complex in Adelaide to inject legal vitamins.

The report by Robert Anderson QC, like two previous inquiries into the allegations, cast doubt on the credibility of French's evidence, The Australian reported.

"French qualified his allegations about group injecting sessions to the point where they had been reduced almost to vanishing point," Mr Anderson found.

The QC said in interviews conducted before him that "in effect" French had almost withdrawn the allegations.

Alex Fulcher, chairman of the five-man selectors panel for the Olympic cycling track team, said the news was "fantastic".

"It is to be hoped that any medal we win in Athens the cyclist will be respected as (being won by) a clean rider," Fulcher said.

"We are clean - Justice Anderson's report vindicates us."

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