Retired judge heads review of Cycling Australia

Wants answers: Sports Minister Kate Lundy.
Wants answers: Sports Minister Kate Lundy.

FEDERAL Sports Minister Kate Lundy has appointed retired NSW Supreme Court chief judge James Wood to head an independent review of Cycling Australia, which she wants finished by Christmas.

The review comes after the resignations of CA's national co-ordinator, Matt White, and vice-president and former long-time professional rider Stephen Hodge, as part of the fallout from the US Anti-Doping Agency report into doping allegations against Lance Armstrong.

"This review is necessary, I believe, to restore the confidence that the Australian public has in the sport of cycling and post the quite explosive revelations from the US anti-doping authority, USADA, and a number of resignations from Cycling Australia," Lundy said on Wednesday. "There is a need to review Cycling Australia in this context."

Hodge admitted to using banned substances from 1989 until his retirement in 1996 to ensure he could compete in the world's elite races.

White confessed to doping during his stint as a rider on the US Postal Services team led by Armstrong.

Lundy has also announced the establishment of the National Integrity of Sport Unit to help stamp out match-fixing and protect the integrity of sport.

The unit will help co-ordinate the implementation of the national match-fixing policy and support sporting organisations in their bid to have systems in place to monitor and report on activities of their players and officials. It does not have the ability to lay charges.

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