Media statement: Substantial assistance* reduces ban for former cyclist Matthew White

2 July 2013

With anti-doping proceedings now concluded, the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) acknowledges the decision of Cycling Australia (CA) to impose a reduced six-month sports ban on athlete support person and former cyclist Matthew White for rule violations under its 2005 and 2007 anti-doping policies.

CA imposed a two-year period of ineligibility under its anti-doping policy with three-quarters suspended for the substantial assistance* Mr White provided to ASADA during the course of its cycling investigation.

In applying the full three-quarters reduction in suspension, CA acknowledged in its decision that information provided by Mr White is helping establish violations against others. This reduction is in line with the provisions of the World Anti-Doping Code.

Mr White’s cooperation with ASADA’s ongoing investigation continues to be full and frank. ASADA is unable to expand on the information supplied by Mr White as it forms part of an ongoing investigation.

Mr White’s ban was a result of several breaches of CA’s anti-doping policies:

  • Cycling Australia Anti-Doping Policy 2005
    • Attempted Use of a Prohibited Substance – Erythropoietin (EPO)
    • Attempted Use of a Prohibited Substance – Testosterone
    • Attempted Use of a Prohibited Substance – Insulin Growth Factor 1 (IGF-1)
    • Use of a Prohibited Method – namely Blood Doping (autologous blood)
  • Cycling Australia Anti-Doping Policy 2007
    • Attempted Use of a Prohibited Substance – Erythropoietin (EPO)

Mr White elected to waive his right to a hearing in respect to the findings or sanction. His ban was backdated to the date of his provisional suspension (13 October 2012).

When faced with an opportunity to co-operate fully with an anti-doping organisation, Mr White chose to be a part of a solution for the betterment of the sport and its athletes.

Mr White is now permitted to participate in sports with World Anti-Doping Code compliant anti-doping policies.