Jobie Dajka found deadApril 8th, 2009 - 3:27 pm ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi
On Tuesday, the Australia’s Nine TV network reported that the ex-world champion cyclist Jobie Dajka has been found dead at his home.
The details of the death of the 27 year old was a closure.
The South Australia state police media unit and Cycling Australia did not immediately respond to calls.
In 2002, Dajka won a Commonwealth Games gold medal in the team sprint and won the keirin at the world championships.
His career was derailed in 2004 when he was excluded from Australia’s team for the Athens Olympics for lying to an inquiry into doping allegations at the Australian Institute of Sport.
He was among five former world champions under investigation after track squad member Mark French received a two-year ban from all competition and a lifetime ban from the Olympics for doping offenses.
In the year 2005, found guilty of assaulting Australia’s head track cycling coach Martin Barras and was suspended three-month jail term. He was subsequently barred from professional cycling for three years but successfully applied to be readmitted to competition after 12 months.
Later Dajka spent time in hospital with stress-related problems following his altercation with Barras and told local media he had suffered ‘mental trauma’ after being cut from the Olympic team.
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