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Australian Olympic Committee removes O'Grady from Athletes' commission

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Cycling News
Published:
July 26, 2013, 13:28 BST,
Updated:
July 26, 2013, 22:55 BST
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News, Saturday, July 27, 2013
Stuart O'Grady (Orica - GreenEdge)

Stuart O'Grady (Orica - GreenEdge)

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Will no longer be remembered as great competitor but as doper, AOC says

The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) has removed Stuart O'Grady from its Athletes' Commission. The body had earlier asked him to voluntarily resign, in light of his doping confession.

"A pre-condition of membership of the AOC Athletes' Commission is to have a clean doping record," AOC spokesperson Mike Tancred said, according to news.com.au. "As we have not heard from Stuart O’Grady following our request yesterday for him to resign we have decided to terminate his membership of the Athletes' Commission."

O'Grady announced his retirement immediately after the Tour de France, although he had previously said he would ride through 2014. His name appeared on the “suspicious” list for the 1998 Tour de France, and he subsequently admitted to having used EPO that year.

The AOC indicated that O'Grady's reputation is now tarnished. He will not be remembered as a "fantastic competitor" but as an "athlete who succumbed to the temptation of drugs in sport just to get an edge on some of his fellow riders".

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