Hooker backs up Steffensen's Beijing abuse claims


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.

Read the full story at The Age


Related articles

You might also enjoy reading our latest news:

AA stand by decision to fine Rowe

Athletics Australia are sticking by the controversial decision to fine Alex Rowe, despite admitting the rising star did the right thing by taking up a last-minute invitation to race in Monte Carlo.

Alex Rowe fined $1300 for missing team camp due to race in which he equalled Australian 800m record

New national 800m record holder Alex Rowe has been fined $1300 by Athletics Australia for racing in the event where he equalled the 46-year mark.

Nick Willis: Achieving the goal

Sport can change one's life on so many levels, and this interview with Nick Willis reminded me of what an amazing medium sport provides to set and achieve goals.

Delighted Alex Rowe equals 46-year-old 800m national record

Alex Rowe had thought all day about how the moment would be when he broke the national 800m record. He had thought too about falling short of the time. He had not considered doing neither.

Morgan makes tracks onto US soil

Australia’s fastest 18-year-old, booming cross-country runner Morgan McDonald, is preparing to hit the track and take his name onto American soil.


Not what you're looking for?
Custom Search