An Australian court announced toady that it would uphold a two-year suspension on Australian cyclist Tim O'Shannessey for drug offences. O'Shannessey was banned for two years after returning a high testosterone reading at a training camp in Mexico last year and failing a drugs test. The Tasmanian cyclist appealed the decision but was told today by the Court of Arbitration for Sport that the ban stood, effective from March 1999.

Another Australian cyclist, O'Shannessey's team-mate Tim Lyons, was suspended in January for two years after failing a similar test at the same training camp. The pair were members of the Australian pursuit team which was considered a strong contender for gold at this year's Sydney Olympics.