By Agence France Presse
Cyclist Jobie Dajka was dropped from Australia’s Olympic team after being found to have lied to a doping inquiry involving the country’s top cyclists, the Australian Olympic Committee announced on Friday.
Dajka admitted on Thursday he had been untruthful when he told an inquiry that he had not injected himself with performance-enhancing drugs in the room of a former teammate at the Australian Institute of Sport’s cycling base in Adelaide.
DNA evidence subsequently contradicted Dajka’s statement to the inquiry, which was chaired by lawyer Robert Anderson, QC, the AOC said.
“Given Anderson’s finding and Dajka’s admission, clearly Dajka has breached his conditional selection to the team and his Olympic Team Membership Agreement,” AOC president John Coates said. “He has brought himself, the sport of cycling, the team and the AOC into disrepute and censure. As a result I have terminated his selection to, and membership of, the 2004 Australian Olympic Team which was conditional on Anderson’s finding.”
Cycling Australia later issued a statement confirming it had nominated Ben Kersten to the AOC as a replacement for Dajka in the Games team.
Kersten was brought into the squad when former world sprint champion Sean Eadie was dropped over allegations of trafficking in banned performance-enhancing drugs.
Eadie was however cleared of the allegations and reinstated. Kersten was to appear before a tribunal later Friday to appeal against the selection of Eadie ahead of him.