Former Judge appointed to head cycling review

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012 @ 12:10PM

Minister for Sport Kate Lundy today announced the Hon James Wood AO QC, Chairman of the NSW Law Reform Commission, has been appointed to head a review into Cycling Australia.

“There have been serious implications for Australian cycling following the release of the explosive United StatesAnti-Doping Agency report confirming sophisticated doping programs infiltrated the sport at the elite level,” Senator Lundy said.

“In the wake of the resignation of the Australian officials involved in these doping programs, it is important for Cycling Australia and the thousands of competitive cyclists in Australia that we move quickly to ensure the confidence and trust of the Australian public is restored in cycling’s governing body.

“I am delighted that Mr Wood will head this review. As a former Chief Judge in the Supreme Court of New South Wales, he brings a wealth of experience to the position and will provide an invaluable insight to forge a way ahead for cycling.”

Mr Wood recently led the inquiry that resulted in the NSW landmark legislation to criminalise the offence of match-fixing. This has become a cornerstone of the National Policy on Match-Fixing in Sport and is testament to Mr Wood’s understanding of integrity issues in sport.

The review will examine Cycling Australia’s governance and administrative practices, including its recruitment, employment and appointment practices. It will also examine Cycling Australia’s anti-doping policies and practices and advise on their effectiveness including any improvement that should be made.

Senator Lundy said the Australian Government will refer Mr Wood’s recommendations to the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) and the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) to develop best practice policies and guidelines for adoption across all national sporting codes and organisations.

“It is important that we see this review as an opportunity to improve governance and anti-doping practices across the board,” Senator Lundy said.

“I have asked the ASC and ASADA to have a close look at Mr Wood’s recommendations to make sure that we take heed of the lessons from the review so that all sports in Australia benefit.”

For the Terms of Reference for the review refer to Appendix A.

APPENDIX A

Terms of Reference

Integrity of Cycling in Australia

There have been a number of recent high profile developments in Cycling in Australia and around the world including the sanctions imposed upon Lance Armstrong by the US Anti-Doping Agency and the International Cycling Union (UCI) and admissions of previous doping activity by leading Australian cycling officials. In light of this and to give the Australian public confidence in the integrity of the sport of Cycling in Australia, the Minister for Sport has asked the Hon James Wood AO QC, Chairman of the NSW Law Reform Commission, supported by the Office for Sport and the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) and working with ASADA, to review Cycling Australia’s approach to anti-doping with a particular focus on how it engages staff and volunteers.

The Review will:

  • Consider whether Cycling Australia’s governance and administrative policies and practices are accountable and effective in ensuring the integrity of the sport is maintained and make recommendations for any improvements;
  • Examine Cycling Australia’s current recruitment, employment and appointment practices (particularly in relation to past doping activity) for all current and future Cycling Australia athletes, coaches, athlete support personnel, staff and board members including a requirement to provide declarations that they have not been involved in any past anti-doping violation or activity including doping (or related activity such as blood doping) in sport;
  • Consider and advise on actions Cycling Australia can take to improve recruitment, employment and appointment policies and practices;
  • Consider and advise on the range of sanctions that would be appropriate for breaches of these obligations, both now and in the future including approaches that could be taken if any Cycling Australia employee or appointee failed to act after gaining an awareness of past doping violation/s or activity by another individual;
  • Recommend an appropriate approach in the instance that an individual is implicated in past doping activity but maintains their innocence;
  • Examine anti-doping policies and practices of Cycling Australia and comment on their compliance with the WADA Code and ASADA requirements;
  • Provide advice on the effectiveness of the implementation of Cycling Australia’s current anti-doping policies and practices and provide advice on any improvement that should be made to Cycling Australia’s anti-doping policies and practices; and
  • Examine the effectiveness of the anti-doping education program provided to athletes, coaches and staff by Cycling Australia in co-operation with ASADA.

Reporting to the Government, the Review will also assist the ASC and ASADA to develop best practice policies and guidelines that can be adopted across all national sporting organisations and the ASC/AIS.

The Review will be conducted in a way that will not impede ASADA’s ability to investigate emerging cases of doping as a result of the USADA investigation.

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