Cycling Australia board to meet in wake of doping admissions
The Cycling Australia board will meet this week to discuss what action the organisation will take in the wake of admissions by Australian Matthew White.
White last night issued a statement in which he admitted to taking performance enhancing drugs while racing as a professional cyclist with the US Postal Service Team.
Prior to issuing the statement he spoke with Cycling Australia representatives and advised them he was standing down from his position as Professional Men's Road Coordinator for the organisation.
"In light of the admissions by Matt, the board will meet this week to discuss what options are available to us and to determine what action should be taken," said Cycling Australia President, Klaus Mueller.
"We recognise that both ASADA (Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority) and the UCI (International Cycling Union) have people poring over the decision and supporting documents released this week by the US Anti-Doping Agency in relation to this case and we will certainly consider any advice we receive from them as part of our discussions."
Mr Mueller says it's unlikely all the relevant information and advice will be available to consider at this week's meeting but the board will have a broader discussion about what can be done in the short term.
"We will also look at the processes we have in place in relation to the appointment of staff to positions within the organisation," said Mr Mueller. "Are we asking the questions we should be in light of this week's revelations and if not then we need to make sure in future we do."
Last week Mr Mueller stated that now might be the time to consider options including an amnesty for athletes who have cheated in the past to own up to any wrongdoing and have their confessions mitigate any subsequent penalties, dependent on the nature and extent of any infraction/s. He also raised the issue of whether aspects of doping in sport should be criminalised.
"I think it's time all these ideas were put back on the table for discussion, not just in relation to cycling, but across the wider sporting landscape.
"Our members and fans have every right to feel disillusioned and angry and I share that disappointment," said Mr Mueller. "However our priority now must be to work with the thousands of cyclists and fans to safeguard the future of this sport for the vast majority who have done nothing wrong and who deserve our support."