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Australian team captain Steve Hooker today backed up John Steffensen's claims that he had been poorly treated by an athletics official at the Beijing Olympics, saying the incident continued to influence the controversial 400m runner's attitude to the sport's governing body.

Steffensen has accused an Athletics Australia official in Beijing of calling him "nigger" and "jungle bunny", before removing his bags from his room and leaving them in a common area.

Speaking at the Australian athletics team's training venue outside London yesterday, Hooker — who was Steffensen's roommate in Beijing — confirmed Steffensen had been poorly treated.

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