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Australian trackster Ben Kersten will have his appeal to be reinstated to the Athens Olympic team heard by a Cycling Australia (CA) tribunal on Thursday, his manager said on Monday.
Kersten is appealing the decision by CA to remove his nomination for the Olympic team after Sean Eadie, the man he was called up to replace, was renominated by CA after being cleared of trying to import banned human growth hormones.
The appeal is not connected with Eadie’s drugs tussle, but based on the assertion that Kersten should have been picked ahead of Eadie in the first place.
Kersten originally missed Olympic selection over a clause of the CA selection policy, giving Shane Kelly priority for the one-kilometer time trial because he won a silver medal at last year’s worlds.
His manager Phill Bates said he was told of the hearing date by CA and said he had attempted to have Kersten’s hearing scheduled for earlier in the week.
Bates said the delay would hamper Kersten’s preparations for the Olympics.
“The rest of the team is over there (at a training camp in Germany), training at a higher level,” Bates said. “The stupidity of it is if (Sean) Eadie’s not selected, (or) Jobie Dajka’s not selected because of the Anderson inquiry, Ben’s still here.”
The Australian Olympic Committee has withheld Dajka’s Games nomination pending an inquiry headed by retired judge Robert Anderson into doping concerns.