Former Olympian admits to involvement in doping scandal

A FORMER Australian Olympic cyclist has admitted his involvement in one of the largest doping scandals in the sport's history.

Matthew White, 38, stepped down from his position as a director at ORICA-GreenEdge professional team and Cycling Australia's men's road racing co-ordinator on the weekend.

The move came after the United States Anti-Doping Agency identified Mr White's involvement in the US Postal Team doping scandal.

Disgraced American cyclist Floyd Landis told the USADA he shared testosterone with Mr White in 2003.

The USADA stated Lance Armstrong's US Postal Team orchestrated the most "sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen."

Mr White is the first Australian to fall victim to the doping scandal and issued a statement expressing his remorse and regret.

"I am sad to say that I was part of a team where doping formed part of the team's strategy and I, too, was involved in that strategy," the statement, issued to Fairfax media, read.

"My involvement is something I am not proud of and I sincerely apologise to my fans, media, family and friends who trusted me, and also to other athletes in my era that consciously chose not to dope."

ORICA-GreenEdge issued a statement supporting Mr White's decision to step down.

"The management of GreenEDGE supports Matt White's decision to step down from his position with the team during the process of evaluating his involvement in the revelations put forward by the recently released USADA report," the statement read.

"We hope for a quick and clear resolution of this issue and will await the decision of the relevant authorities."

The doping scandal has rocked the cycling world and led to Mr Armstrong - seven-time Tour De France champion - being stripped of his titles.

Armstrong has rigorously denied the claims, despite sworn testimony from 26 people, including former US Postal teammates, about the doping practices.



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