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Australian Shooter Adams Will Compete at Commonwealth Games - 2002-07-25

Australian shooter Phillip Adams has been cleared to compete in the Commonwealth Games in Manchester, England, even though he failed a drug test for a banned diuretic.

Adams, Australia's most prolific medal winner in the Games, tested positive June 25 for the drug. However, the Australian Shooting Association has cleared him to compete because he is taking the medicine to treat high blood pressure.

Adams has won 17 medals in pistol events, the most of any competitor in the 72-year history of the Commonwealth Games.

A court in Brisbane has ordered that Australian swimming coach Scott Volkers face trial on seven counts of indecent behavior towards girls under the age of 16.

Volkers, 43, the former coach of Australian world and Olympic champion Susie O'Neil, pleaded not guilty to the charges. Magistrates heard evidence from three of Volkers's former athletes related to incidents in the 1980s. Two of the original nine charges were dropped.

Volkers, the head coach at the Queensland state Academy of Sport has been suspended from his job pending the outcome of the trial. He is free on bail with a condition that he have no contact with his swimmers.