x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 21 January 2018

Matt White sacked by Cycling Australia over Armstrong doping row

Cycling Australia admitted the evidence in the USADA report into the Lance Armstrong doping scandal was 'damning' following White's admission of involvement.

Former Cycling Australia co-ordinator Matt White (r) with Orica-GreenEdge rider Stuart O'Grady.
Former Cycling Australia co-ordinator Matt White (r) with Orica-GreenEdge rider Stuart O'Grady.

Former Olympic coach and elite men's road coordinator Matt White has been sacked by Cycling Australia for his role in the Lance Armstrong doping scandal, as the body ruled out any amnesty for athletes who used drugs if they owned up.

The sport's governing body in Australia held a board meeting last night to discuss the dossier of evidence by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) and admitted it was "incredibly damaging for cycling worldwide".

"The evidence presented is damning, the behaviour of the key players is morally reprehensible and cycling fans have every right to feel let down," Cycling Australia said in a statement.

White, 38, admitted at the weekend that he was part of a strategy of doping when he rode on the Armstrong-led US Postal Service cycling team from 2001 to 2003.

He said he was stepping down from his jobs as the sports director of the emerging Australian professional team Orica-GreenEDGE and his role in Cycling Australia's men's road racing programme.

Cycling Australia said he had made a valuable contribution, but it was left with no choice but to dismiss him.

"The admissions contained within his public statement ... clearly place him in breach of the CA Anti-Doping Policy and Code of Conduct," it said.

"Accordingly, the board has determined that his continuing employment with CA is untenable and Matt was formally advised overnight of the termination of his contract."

White is currently facing an investigation by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA), which said this week it became aware of allegations of doping made against him by American cyclist Floyd Landis in 2010.

But the antidoping agency said due to the federal investigation in the US and the subsequent USADA probe ASADA was unable to obtain information to pursue a thorough examination of the allegations until now.

White was hired by Cycling Australia in 2011 and the governing body said a review of how it appoints staff would begin immediately.

The board also ruled out any doping amnesty, which had been flagged as a possibility by the head of Cycling Australia Klaus Mueller just days ago.

"The board canvassed several of the suggestions that have been in the public arena this past week and resolved that an amnesty is not consistent with CA's strong antidoping position," it said.

"The board does however support criminalising doping as it sends a strong message that such conduct is unacceptable and adds the resources of the police to the fight against this blight on sport."


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