15 Apr 2009

Cycling officials told not to turn up to funeral of former world champion

3:20 pm on 15 April 2009

Cycling Australia officials have been told they're not welcome at the funeral of former world champion Jobie Dajka.

The 27-year-old's funeral will be held on Friday after his body was discovered at his Adelaide house.

Police say the death isn't suspicious.

A funeral notice in the Adelaide newspaper The Advertiser stated Cycling Australia officials weren't welcome.

Dajka, the 2002 world kieren champion and 2002 Commonwealth Games teams sprint gold medallist, frequently clashed with Cycling offcialdom most notably over his omission from Australia's team for the 2004 Olympics for lying to an anti-doping inquiry.

He battled alcoholism and depression following his Olympic omission, and was also convicted in 2006 of assaulting Australia's head track coach.