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WADA demands full disclosure of investigation

CANBERRA, Australia -- The World Anti-Doping Agency wants
more information on the drug-use investigation of five Australian
cyclists.

WADA President Dick Pound said he may write to Australian Sports
Minister Rod Kemp in a bid to force the full release of the
investigation, saying keeping the results secret was not conducive
to public confidence.

"What's going to happen if some of these people go to Athens as
part of the your Olympic team?" he told Australian Broadcasting
Corp. radio Wednesday.

"Australians are going to wonder whether or not they have sent
athletes who are guilty of doping offenses. The rest of the world
is going to say how is it that Australia deals with all these
things in secret."

Pound said Cycling Australia and the Australian Sports
Commission should have gone public the moment they learned of
cyclist Mark French's doping allegations.

He rejected Cycling Australia's claim it could not release the
report for confidentiality reasons.

"We are getting the same answer that everybody else is getting
that no we are not prepared to make it available," Pound said.
"We have spoken with people in Australia and we will follow that
up with a letter to the minister if we don't get a satisfactory
response."

The report was compiled by retired judge Robert Anderson, who
investigated former world champions Graeme Brown, Jobie Dajka, Sean
Eadie, Shane Kelly and Brett Lancaster following allegations made
by French in the Court of Arbitration of Sport.

French, a former junior world champion now banned from the
Olympics for life, claimed the five had injected substances in his
room at the Australian Institute of Sport's track cycling
headquarters in Adelaide.

The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) said the five could
compete at Athens but their selection would be reconsidered if new
information emerged.

Mark Peters, chief executive of the Australian Sports
Commission, called Pound's comments "ill-informed," adding that
Pound should be aware that an appeal from French against his
two-year ban was pending and care had to be taken not to prejudice
that appeal.

"Had [Pound] checked before making ill-informed media
statements, he would have found that WADA has been kept informed of
the allegations made against Australian cyclists since the issue
arose late last year," Peters said.