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CYCLING AUSTRALIA will establish an ethics and integrity panel and insist that top cyclists, coaches and administrators sign declarations as a condition of carrying out national duties after a government-commissioned review of its failed anti-doping protocols.

Both recommendations are part of a a 95-page report prepared by former NSW judge James Wood, QC, that was commissioned by the federal Sports Minister, Kate Lundy, in a domestic response to cycling's international doping crisis.

Cycling Australia president Klaus Mueller has described the findings as "fair", although he told Fairfax Media: "We're not necessarily in the position to adopt each and every one of them at this stage."

Senator Lundy called for the urgent investigation into Cycling Australia - one of the nation's best-funded sports - in October.

Key recommendations to Cycling Australia, which was forced to sack national coach Matt White and then lost its vice-president Stephen Hodge due to the two men's doping admissions, include the development of stronger sanction regimes and the extension of the reach of testing.

The review also recommends the improvement of anti-doping education programs.


Mueller said Cycling Australia's board had already resolved to set up an ethics and integrity panel at its most recent meeting last month. He said Cycling Australia had opened discussions with Triathlon Australia, run by former world cycling anti-doping boss Anne Gripper, about setting up a panel that could be used by both organisations.

Mueller said the way athletes were educated about the perils of doping "could always be better".

The review was commissioned after the US Anti-Doping Agency banned Lance Armstrong for life for doping and stripped him of seven Tour de France titles.

Although a relative small fry when he was a professional rider, White was Australia's national road coach and directed the men's team at the London Olympics last year. The husband of champion Australian walker Jane Saville, White was also the chief sports director of Australia's new professional road team, Orica-GreenEDGE. He has been sacked from both positions because of his admission to doping while a teammate of Armstrong's in the US Postal Service team. White was forced to admit his involvement after being named in the USADA report that brought down Armstrong.

ASADA is conducting its investigation that is expected to unearth more specific findings than Justice Wood's general overview of how the sport tackles doping.

Australia's professional team Orica-GreenEDGE has commissioned anti-doping expert Nicki Vance to review its anti-doping policies and make recommendations.