An Australian cyclist Jobie Dajka -- 27 -- was discovered dead today. Young cyclists appear to die more frequently than one would expect. Not saying this was involved here, but one thinks of the morbid effects of EPO, either alone or added to all the other drugs these guys ingest. (The Age)
The body of Dajka, a world and Commonwealth Games champion, was discovered late Tuesday, the Nine Network reported.
A cause of death has not been released, Nine said.
Dajka, 27, was dumped from Australia's team for the 2004 Athens Olympics just weeks before the Games for lying to a doping inquiry.
In 2005, he was given a three-month suspended jail term for assaulting Australia's head track coach, Martin Barras - an offence that also led to a three-year ban from professional cycling.
Following the suspension, which was lifted in late 2006, Dajka admitted having alcohol related problems and to have suffered depression.
Dajka won a Commonwealth Games gold medal at the Manchester Games in 2002 in the teams sprint, and was the 2003 world championships kierin winner.
The ink between doping and depression, doping and alcohol and other street drugs has yet to be explored.
The ink between doping and depression, doping and alcohol and other street drugs has yet to be explored.More here on the cylist. Obviously depression was a problem. Don't underestimate the effects of doping on mood.