The Danish Cycling Federation’s decision to bar Bo Hamburger from the Olympics has been overruled by
The Danish sports federation (DIF) selected Bo Hamburger for the Danish Olympic cycling team on Friday, thus overruling the Danish cycling federation (DCU) who had recommended that Hamburger not be selected due to “unnaturally high” haematocrit levels recorded in a test at last year’s world championships (writes Susanne Horsdal). “The DIF has not found that there are circumstances in Hamburger’s case that justify a non-selection. Hamburger has not been convicted of a doping offence and the DIF subsequently finds it untenable that agreed-upon Olympic selection demands are to be deviated from on the sole basis of suspicions and circumstantial evidence,” said a DIF statement. Hamburger formally met the selection demands by placing sixth at last year’s Worlds in Hamilton, Canada, and was hugely surprised when the DCU decided not to nominate him for an Olympic place earlier this month. “It feels like I’m fighting an enemy I can’t see. I’m defending myself in a case that isn’t a case,” the Acqua e Sapone rider said at the time. Since then, he has encouraged the Danish sporting authorities to test him at any time, and has furthermore provided the relevant parties with a detailed plan of his whereabouts leading up to the Athens Olympics. Besides Hamburger, procycling columnist Frank Hoj (CSC) and Rabobank’s Michael Rasmussen have qualified for the Olympics. It is now up to the DCU to recommend who will be taking the last two places in the Danish squad.