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Olympic teams frozen due to drugs saga

By Roger Vaughan and John Coomber 12/07/2004 07:29:52 PM Comments (0)

Sean Eadie's Olympic past and future are under threat in the latest cycling drugs scandal that also put a freeze on all Australian selections for Athens.

With only a month to the Athens' opening ceremony, the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) has suspended the announcement of any more athletes for the Games until it gets the all clear from doping authorities.

The men's and women's basketball and men's volleyball squads were due to be released on Tuesday, but they will now be on hold awaiting confirmation from the Australian Sports Drug Agency (ASDA) that no nominees are under doping clouds.

Likewise Eadie's place in the team for Athens is on hold after the AOC and Cycling Australia (CA) served the 2002 world track sprint champion with an infraction notice.

It refers to a package of banned growth hormone allegedly mailed to Eadie five years ago.

"Never used them. Never imported them. Never even thought of or tried to import them or use them," Eadie told the Nine Network.

"It's against the very philosophy I have in sport."

Eadie has a fortnight to respond to the notice and could fight it in the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

AOC president John Coates said Eadie would be stripped of his bronze medal from the Sydney Olympics if the cyclist did not successfully defend himself.

Eadie won the medal in the three-man team sprint and if he is stripped of his bronze, team-mates Gary Neiwand and Darryn Hill would be at risk of the same fate.

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