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New clouds form over cycling accused

By Tom Wald 04/07/2004 08:51:53 PM Comments (0)

A dark cloud of suspicion returned over Australia's Olympic track cycling team after parts of the latest doping inquiry report were revealed.

Disgraced cyclist Mark French told Channel Nine's 60 Minutes that former world champions Sean Eadie and Shane Kelly had introduced him to banned substance Testicom in Germany last year.

The 19-year-old former junior world champion also named Eadie as the teammate who'd introduced him to injecting legal vitamins at the Australian Institute of Sport base in Adelaide.

But the most potentially damaging information to emerge from the 60 Minutes story on the French affair involved Olympic gold medal hope Jobie Dajka.

60 Minutes revealed sections of former West Australian Supreme Court judge Robert Anderson's report on his investigation into claims made by French against nominated Olympic team riders Kelly, Eadie, Dajka, Graeme Brown and Brett Lancaster.

In the wake of the report, the Australian Olympic Committee gave the green light for all five cyclists to compete in Athens while French's credibility was brought into doubt by Mr Anderson.

But that clearance was on the basis that no further information came to light in the ongoing investigation, which includes a police inquiry.

The Anderson investigation was the third and most recent after the discovery of syringes and empty vials of a banned substance, equine growth hormone (Equigen or EGH), in French's room at the AIS base last December.

"There is some information arising from my investigations of the allegations which may indicate a breach by Jobie Dajka of the anti-doping policies in relation to EGH," 60 Minutes quoted Anderson as stating in his report.

Anderson said he had acted on an anonymous tip-off.

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