By The Associated Press
ADELAIDE, Australia — Former world keirin champion Jobie Dajka, suspended for four months last year for lying to a doping inquiry, faces a longer ban for assaulting the Australian cycling track team’s head coach.
Dajka said Friday that Cycling Australia had recommended a possible four-year suspension. Dajka has admitted assaulting coach Martin Barras and said he regretted doing so. He testified at a tribunal hearing Friday.
Dajka, the 2002 keirin world champion, was suspended and dropped from the Olympic team last year when it was determined he had lied to a doping inquiry.
He was among five former world champions who came under investigation after former track squad member Mark French received a two-year ban last year from all competition and a life ban from the Olympics for doping offenses.
Australia’s track team overcame the drug controversies to win a record five gold medals at the Athens Olympics.
Dajka returned from his four-month suspension in January to win the bronze medal in the sprint at the world track championships in Los Angeles in March. He also won the Australian sprint title leading to the worlds.
The 24-year-old Dajka said Friday he will quit the sport if banned, and Cycling Australia chief executive Graham Fredericks said he would be disappointed if Dajka left. The disciplinary hearing is expected to resume next week.