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| Other Sport News | Wednesday June 13 2012 17:28
Australian weightlifting has been rocked by allegations that an athlete held his team's Olympic hopes to ransom by demanding $5,000 cash before competing at a qualifying event.
Australian Weightlifting boss Michael Keelan claims Daniel Koum asked for the money at the Oceania Weightlifting Championships in Samoa last week.
Australia would have been unable to send a male lifter to the London Olympics had any Australian male athlete failed to compete in Samoa.
Koum, who competed at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi in 2010, has refuted the allegations.
Photo: Daniel Koum (Getty Images)