Melbourne - Former Australian cyclist Matt White said on Friday he had received a
back-dated six-month ban after admitting to doping during his
White released a statement saying the
Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) had informed him of the
penalty last Friday.
The ban, which has already expired, began on October 13 last year and ended on April 13.
Australian Associated Press said it understood the ban was reduced from
one year because White cooperated with anti-doping authorities.
White said he hoped to return to a role in cycling.
Australian Olympic Committee has said that White will never again be
part of an Australian Games team. White was the men's road team director
at last year's London Olympics.
White, 38, admitted to being part
of a general strategy of doping when he rode on the Armstrong-led US
Postal Services team from 2001 to 2003.
He announced last October
that he was stepping down from his jobs as the sports director of the
Australian professional team Orica-GreenEDGE and coordinator of Cycling
Australia's men's road racing programme.
"There is no doubt that
if I could have my time again I would never have engaged in the culture
that was both accepted and expected of professional riders during my
racing career," White said in a statement.
"In saying that 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.
would like to apologise to my family, friends and all those associated
with the sport of cycling for my use of prohibited substances during my
"I hope that I can repay the faith and trust showed
to me in the past by leading the ongoing fight for a clean sport in the