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By Agence France Presse
Disgraced cyclist Jobie Dajka on Monday will appeal against being dumped from the Australian team for this month’s Athens Olympics, the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) said Monday.
Earlier Monday the Court of Arbitration for Sport said that the deadline had passed for the 22-year-old Dajka to appeal against his banishment from the cycling team after admitting to lying to an official doping inquiry.
But late Monday a fax from Dajka’s legal team was located at the AOC’s office in Sydney, the AOC said.
“Please be advised a fax from Jobie Dajka’s legal team has been located in the AOC office in Sydney regarding their appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport,” said an AOC statement. “The appeal will now proceed but no time or place has been decided as yet.”
The former world track champion was forced to leave the Australian team training camp in Buttgen, Germany, after DNA evidence linked him to nine out of more than 200 articles found in the sharps bucket in fellow cyclist Mark French’s room at the Australian Institute of Sport’s (AIS) cycling facility in Adelaide.
Dajka had previously told investigators he had never injected in that room. Australian team Chef de Mission John Coates expelled Dajka from the Olympic team over the charges.
Dajka is expected to remain in Germany while his lawyers attempt to regain his place in the team.