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Australian boxer sent home from camp
Glenn Cullen
20:55 AEST Tue Jun 19 2012

Australian Olympic boxing medal prospect Damien Hooper has been removed from the national team's training camp after a series of behavioural breaches involving coaches and fellow squad members.

The Australian Olympic Committee issued a statement on Tuesday night saying the light heavyweight boxer had been sent from the team's Canberra base but did not elaborate on specific issues.

"Damien has been advised he will be able to rejoin the Australian team's preparation camp when he understands and undertakes to adopt the reasonable standards of good manners and respect a member of a team should extend to his teammates, his coaches and other people with whom he comes into contact," the statement read.

"Upon meeting these standards, Boxing Australia will welcome Damien back to the team's preparation camp, where he will be required to work closely with Boxing Australia's high performance service providers to ensure that he is well prepared for the 2012 Olympic Games."

It is understood Hooper has returned to Queensland to train but it is not thought his Olympic position is in jeopardy at this stage.

Hooper is regarded as Australia's best chance of a gold medal in boxing since Grahame `Spike' Cheney fought the deciding bout before claiming silver at the 1988 Olympics.

Rated the No.3 amateur in his division, Hooper lost a close quarter-final bout to eventual champion Julio de la Cruz from Cuba at the 2011 world championships.

Hooper had also been sent home early from the 2010 Commonwealth Games after an alleged indiscretion in front of an official.

In better news for the Australian boxing team heavyweight Jai Opetaia will rejoin the squad after a falling out with management.

Opetaia had been training in the US with his father against the wishes of the team's coaches who wanted the 16-year-old to join them.

A mediation meeting has resolved the issue and Opetaia will join the camp with his father on Sunday.

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