SYDNEY – Cycling Australia (CA) sacked former Olympian Matt White yesterday for his role in the Lance Armstrong doping scandal, ruling out any amnesty for athletes who used drugs if they owned up. The sport’s governing body in Australia held a board meeting on Tuesday evening to discuss the dossier of evidence by the United States Anti-Doping Agency 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,” it 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. CA 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. -Reuters