Media statement: ASADA appeal to cyclists—talk to us before being accused of doping

16 November 2012

The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) today issued a call to anyone involved with, or has information about, doping activity in the sport of cycling to come forward and talk before someone else accuses them of doping.

ASADA Chief Executive Officer, Aurora Andruska said people have already started to talk as a part of ASADA’s investigation into cycling.

Where an athlete, support person or other person acknowledges their mistakes and are willing to bring further anti-doping rule violations to light by other people ASADA can offer ‘substantial assistance’ under the World Anti-Doping Code.

Ms Andruska said ASADA is willing to offer this to people who make the stand against doping in sport.

“But let me be clear; this is not an amnesty where full absolution is given,” said Ms Andruska.

Australia has not been immune to the fallout from the United States Anti-Doping Agency’s investigation into the U.S. Postal Service Pro Cycling Team. Since the release of the report two prominent Australian cycling figures have admitted to doping during their sporting career.

Ms Andruska said we know that it does not end here. But knowing and having the information to act on are two different things.

“The days of remaining silent are over. The days of fearing what happens if the truth gets out are over. The days of protecting people who are in the wrong are over.

“We want to hear from you if you have experienced peer pressure to dope in your sport. We want to hear from you if you participated in organised doping to make the team or be the best. We want to hear from you if you have information about suspicious doping activity in your sport.

“We understand that there are many in the cycling community who have unanswered questions about what is happening, and what will happen.

“All I can say is that we plan to exhaust all our efforts in conducting a full investigation. The integrity of Australian cycling is under public scrutiny and we now need the cooperation of the sport and its athletes if our investigation is going to get to the heart of the matter,” said Ms Andruska.

To report suspicious doping activity in sport call our confidential Stamp Out Doping hotline on 13 000 ASADA (13 000 27232) or use the secure and anonymous form on our website at www.asada.gov.au