Former Supreme Court judge to investigate Cycling Australia

THE head of the New South Wales Law Reform Commission has been given the job of investigating Cycling Australia in the wake of the Lance Armstrong controversy.

Federal Sports Minister Kate Lundy announced on Wednesday that former NSW Supreme Court chief judge James Wood QC would head the integrity review, which follows the resignation of a number of CA officials who were involved in doping programs during their cycling careers.

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

"There have been serious implications for Australian cycling following the release of the explosive United States Anti-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."

Mr Wood's review will have implications for all sports played in Australia.

Recommendations stemming from the review will be used by the Australian Sports Commission and Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority in developing 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."

Mr Wood recently led the inquiry that resulted in the NSW landmark legislation to criminalise the offence of match-fixing, which Senator Lundy said had become a cornerstone of the National Policy on Match-Fixing in Sport.

Cycling's credibility around the world was dealt a severe blow when a major report revealed seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong was a drug cheat.

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