On 14 January 2013 the Australian Government released the review of Cycling Australia, conducted by the Hon James Wood AO QC.
The review and terms of reference were announced on 7 November 2012 in order to restore confidence in cycling's governing body, following revelations of sophisticated doping programs in elite international cycling.
The review recommends governance reforms and more active anti-doping strategies to improve the operation of Cycling Australia and strengthen its mechanisms to identify and respond to past or present doping activities.
The Australian Government sees the review into cycling as an opportunity to improve governance and anti-doping practices across the sporting community. Through the Australian Sports Commission and the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority the Australian Government will continue to facilitate best practice in these key areas across national sporting codes and organisations.
Read the Cycling Australia Review—report and recommendations.
Terms of reference
The terms of reference were announced on 7 November 2012.
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 Australian 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.