Sydney: Cycling Australia has fired Matt White after he confessed to doping with American teammate Lance Armstrong.
White stood down from his CA position, and as sports director of the Orica-GreenEDGE trade team on Saturday following revelations that he had engaged in doping practices during his time on the US Postal Service team from 2001 to 2003.
White`s involvement was revealed in the United States Doping Agency`s ‘Reasoned Decision’ behind its findings in its probe of Armstrong and five former associates.
White was named in an email accompanying the testimony of another rider, Floyd Landis, who was one of 26 witnesses to testify against Armstrong.
White``s fate was decided by a CA board teleconference that was held on Tuesday.
White issued a statement on Wednesday via Cycling Australia where the confessed doper said he respected the decision of the governing body.
“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,” a elading daily quoted White as saying.
“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,” he added.
First Published: Thursday, October 18, 2012, 11:03