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Will former rider be the only casualty?
A three-hour-long board meeting of Cycling Australia on Tuesday night has concluded that Matt White can no longer continue in his role as professional men’s road coordinator. White was informed of the decision last night following the meeting. Cyclingnews understands that the ex-rider will not be the only casualty within Cycling Australia with a further resignation to come.
The Cycling Australia board sent out an extensive release late on Wednesday afternoon, shortly before a press conference in Melbourne headed by President Klaus Mueller. The statement reiterated its commitment to the anti-doping cause while remaining adamant that “there were no grounds to prevent Matt continuing in his role with CA,” when his conduct came under review in 2011.
“The Board has recognised the current situation calls for the review of our internal processes for the appointment of staff and contractors and while this process will begin immediately it will also be a key item to be addressed in more detail by the CA Board at its scheduled November meeting,” it said, indicating that White may not be the only casualty in the fallout from the USADA report.
Cycling Australia also distributed a short statement from White -
“I have really enjoyed working for Cycling Australia and it has been an honour to represent my country in the role I have had. I understand the current situation makes it difficult to sustain the position and I respect that Cycling Australia has to make certain decisions.
“It’s crucial there is a positive outcome from the current debate about cycling’s past and I feel a responsibility to be part of that – even if it won’t be in an official Cycling Australia role.
“Regardless, I want to express my gratitude for the time I had in the position as a coach and a selector and like everyone else, I hope for a clear path and a bright future for the sport.”
Previous suggestions raised by Mueller, of a doping
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