Australian sports authorities have spent thousands of dollars preparing a pole vaulter who will represent Russia against our own defending champion Steve Hooker
at the London Olympics.
None of the bodies involved in bringing Sergey Kucheryanu
, his wife and child to Australia and supporting them for seven months at the West Australian Institute of Sport was willing to put a figure on the cost, but estimates vary from $50,000 to $100,000 in cash and kind on what turned out to be a misadventure.
Athletics Australia's highly controversial high performance manager Eric Hollingsworth, who referred to Kucheryanu as ``my pole vaulter'', was prime supporter of the plan to buy a world-class vaulter rather than invest the money in developing local talent.
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