Review 'must be public'
Nicki Vance supports a call for an amnesty to those who confess to involvement in doping. Photo: Viki Yemettas
THE Australian Orica-GreenEDGE team will be called on to make public all the findings and recommendations of the independent review into its anti-doping procedures and practices.
Anti-doping consultant, Nicki Vance, who has been commissioned by the World Tour team to carry out the probe, said such a step was crucial, and she would include it as a recommendation.
Vance was appointed to carry out the review after GreenEDGE sacked head sports director Matt White following his confession that he used drugs while riding as a teammate of Lance Armstrong. He also lost his position as Cycling Australia's national men's road coach.
Vance hopes to have all interviews with riders and staff finished by the end of February, with her report ready for submission to the team by late March.
When asked if she would ask for it to be made public by the team, she told Fairfax Media: ''For sure. I think that's important. In terms of what they are trying to achieve … they are doing the absolute right thing by doing this review. But there is not much point [in commissioning it] if they don't make it public.''
But Vance said that GreenEDGE had not yet informed her how it would treat the report. ''It is independent. I am independent. It's a report for GreenEDGE,'' she said. ''I am not quite sure exactly how they are going to manage it, but I think their intention is to be very open.''
Vance is highly respected in anti-doping circles. She established programs for the Australian Sports Drug Agency that is now named the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority, headed the anti-doping program for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and was a foundation director for the World Anti-Doping Agency.
Vance said she supported the call for amnesty to those who confess to involvement in doping and assist in reviews like the one she is doing for GreenEDGE which, she says, also supports amnesty.