Cycling Australia reaches decision in Shane Perkins case

The Cycling Australia Disciplinary Tribunal reached its verdict today in the case against track star Shane Perkins and neither side can be declared losers. While Perkins will be stripped off his Cycling Australia license for three months and will have to pay $1,000, these sanctions are suspended under a "good behaviour bond" for the rider

The conclusion of the hearing, held June 5 in Adelaide, was that Perkins was found "guilty of misconduct to the detriment of Cycling Australia and the good reputation of the sport of cycling," the tribunal's statement read.

The incident happened on May 26 in Adelaide, where Perkins, who was under the influence alcohol at the time, attempted to gain entry to a nightclub and got into an argument with the club's staff

While Cycling Australia's CEO, Graham Fredericks, acknowledged that "Mr Perkins has apologised for the incident," the tribunal was also considering Perkin's past behaviour, which includes a six-month suspension due to the inadvertent usage of a banned substance.

Under the bond, which will remain in effect until September 30, 2008, Perkins behaviour will be closely monitored and even minor offences will trigger the penalty to become effective. Under the bond the Australian track rider will not be able to consume alcohol when traveling with the national team.

"Shane is a very talented cyclist but his behaviour was unacceptable," said Mr Fredericks. "But it's our hope the penalty imposed will benefit him in the long term."

Cycling Australia is additionally seeking for Perkins to receive psychological counseling, including anger management and the "responsible consumption of alcohol." It recommended programmes, such as study, work or community services.

No further details of the non-public hearing have been released, and Shane Perkins, who could not be reached immediately for comment, was notified in writing about the decision by Cycling Australia Disciplinary Tribunal.

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