Australian Sports Commission (ASC) chairman John Wylie AM has thanked retiring Cycling Australia president Klaus Mueller for his contribution and commitment to the sport.
‘During Klaus’s time as president, Australian cycling has experienced some of its greatest successes on the world stage, perhaps most notably the victory of Cadel Evans at the 2011 Tour De France,’ said Wylie. ‘He leaves the sport with Australia boasting a wealth of world-class junior cycling talent ready to take the next step into senior ranks along with a deeply talented female cycling squad, which includes the likes of Anna Meares.’
Wylie said the ASC looks forward to working closely with the board and new president of Cycling Australia at what Klaus has rightfully acknowledged is a critical time for the sport. ‘Continued progress towards the integration of Cycling Australia, BMX Australia and Mountain Bike Australia into a single national entity is a priority action following the Wood Review into cycling earlier this year and one we look forward to progressing,’ he said. ‘The other issues identified for the sport in the Wood Review, including composition and operation of the board, more efficient and transparent reporting processes and the strengthening of integrity in the sport, are also on the agenda for cycling to align with the ASC mandatory governance principles.
‘Cycling is an important sport to Australians and we have consistently achieved a high level of international success.’
The ASC will invest $8 million in funding to Cycling Australia in 2013–14, making it the second-biggest recipient of ASC investment. The ASC will work closely with CA as it undertakes a process to identify a new president.