Wednesday 05, Jun 2013
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Matt White, who admitted to doping when his name came up in the Lance Armstrong scandal, says he received a suspension of six months.
The former Australian cyclist, who rode with Armstrong on the U.S. Postal Service team, in a statement, said the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority informed him of the penalty last week. The ban started on October 13 and has now expired.
White, after the doping admission, lost his part-time role at Cycling Australia and his full-time role as a director of Australian professional team Orica-GreenEDGE.
The cyclist said, “I accept full responsibility for my actions and there is no one to blame but myself for the decisions I made as an athlete in the past.”
While, describing the pressure he felt early in his professional career while cycling in Italy as a 24-year-old, said: ”There was certainly nothing that motivated me to start doping. The thing that was a real shock to me was when I arrived in Italy in that environment – and we’re talking 1998 here – that doping was in your face,” he said.
”This was before the Festina [doping scandal] in 1998 [at the Tour de France] – this is early, mid-1998. The general public, the police, didn’t actually know the widespread abuse of drugs like EPO in the peloton.
”You would go to races and they weren’t hiding anything. I was really shocked. I grew up racing for the AIS [Australian Institute of Sport], racing for Australian national teams where we’re not exposed to any of that sort of stuff.
”I thought that I needed to use performance-enhancing drugs to keep my job. And at the end of the day, I probably did because it was so widespread it was ridiculous.”
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