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Cycling: Drug allegations threaten cycling

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posted on Jun, 19 2004 @ 02:14 PM
Angry Australian Olympic officials have vowed that no athlete suspected of taking drugs will go to the Athens Games after claims top cyclists had used a sporting "shooting gallery".

"It is the most serious drug accusation the Australia Olympic movement has faced," said Simon Rofe, lawyer for the Australian Olympic Committee.

Cycling Australia was yesterday given three weeks to complete an investigation into allegations that cyclists at the Australian Institute of Sport had injected themselves with banned substances.

The drug scandal rocked the Olympic movement yesterday with the AOC only days away from picking the Olympic team and eight weeks from the start of the Athens Games.

The Australian drug furore blew up when it became public that banned cyclist Mark French had implicated five other top cyclists in taking drugs in a room at a training camp.

Cleaners at the Australian Institute of Sport in Adelaide had found vials and used needles in the room. Investigations by Cycling Australia and the Sports Commission found 13 vials of equine growth hormone along with vitamins and used syringes.



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