News Flash for June 22, 2004
Edited by John Stevenson
Australia's track cycling scandal
Cycling Australia welcomes inquiry
Riders deny involvement in doping
Cycling Australia this afternoon issued a statement welcoming the announcement by Australian Federal Sports Minister, the Honourable Rod Kemp, of an independent investigation into recent doping allegations.
Retired Supreme Court Justice, the Honourable Robert Anderson QC will conduct the investigation into the allegations made by Mark French in his evidence to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
"As we have said from the outset we are determined to get to the bottom of this issue and we welcome the support of the Federal Sports Minister in setting up this inquiry," said Graham Fredericks, Chief Executive Officer of Cycling Australia. "All of our cyclists, coaches and staff are fully prepared to cooperate with this investigation.
"They are understandably distressed by the allegations and believe they, like all Australians, are entitled to be considered innocent unless they are proven guilty of an offence," said Fredericks.
French yesterday gave permission for his testimony to the CAS to be used in an investigation. In that testimony French named the riders he alleges used his room at the Adelaide Australian Institute of Sport facility to inject performance-enhancing drugs.
"Although Mr French has given permission for his allegations to be used in an investigation, that permission has been given with several caveats attached," said Fredericks. "This means that at this stage we will not be publicly naming the cyclists at the centre of these allegations. But Mr Anderson will have full access to the relevant information to use in the conduct of his investigation."
Mr Anderson will report to the respective Boards of the Australian Sports Commission and Cycling Australia and his report will be made public, subject to privacy or other legal requirements.
Members of the AIS / National Track Sprint Cycling program also issued a statement this afternoon. It is reproduced below in full.
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