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Saturday May 4, 2013

Australian cyclist White gets back-dated ban

SYDNEY: Former Australian cyclist Matt White said yesterday he had received a back-dated six-month ban after admitting to doping during his professional career.

White released a statement saying the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) had informed him of the penalty last Friday.

The ban, which has already expired, began on Oct 13 last year and ended on April 13.

The Australian Associated Press said it understood the ban was reduced from one year because White cooperated with anti-doping authorities. White said he hoped to return to a role in cycling.

The Australian Olympic Committee have said that White will never again be part of an Australian Games team. White was the men’s road team director at last year’s London Olympics.

White, 38, admitted to being part of a general strategy of doping when he rode on the Armstrong-led US Postal Services team from 2001 to 2003.

He announced last October that he was stepping down from his jobs as the sports director of the Australian professional team Orica-GreenEDGE and coordinator of Cycling Australia’s men’s road racing programme. — AFP

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