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Steffensen back from ban

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1 Steffensen back from ban on Mon Feb 28, 2011 5:05 pm



Steffensen back from ban

By Michael Gleeson
The Age
February 25, 2011

SPRINTER John Steffensen will make his return to the track after a three-month ban for insulting the sports governing body, in Melbourne next Thursday.

The 2006 Commonwealth Games 400-metres champion was cleared to run this week and has chosen to make his return at the Melbourne Track Classic next Thursday.

Athletics Australia last year refused to guarantee Steffensen a spot on the Delhi Commonwealth Games team as he recovered from back surgery. He was later selected but pulled out a month before the games in protest.

At the time he said the sport was being run ''like an amateur schoolboy carnival''. He accused AA of ''bullying, egotism and an outdated approach''.

Attempts at mediation failed and he was banned for three months. This expired on February 16.

AA's chief executive Dallas O'Brien said he welcomed the sprinter's return. ''We are very happy to see him back on the track,'' he said. ''We have moved on from what happened. Hopefully he now gets to the nationals so he can qualify for the world championships [in Daegu, South Korea in August].''

Steffensen will confront a quality field on Thursday, with Commonwealth games silver medallist Sean Wroe and his gold medal-winning teammate from the 4 x 400 relay, Kevin Moore, both racing, along with national champion Ben Offereins and promising Sydney 18-year-old Steve Solomon.

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