UCI drops doping commission for truth, reconciliation


Wed, Jan 30, 2013 - Page 20

The International Cycling Union disbanded a commission set up to review its handling of the Lance Armstrong doping case and instead will seek to create a truth and reconciliation panel.

Pat McQuaid, president of the cycling body known by its French acronym, UCI, on Monday said the commission would not be able to succeed without cooperation from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) or the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).

WADA and USADA officials withdrew from the commission two weeks ago over the UCI’s refusal to grant witnesses amnesty. WADA and USADA officials also questioned the independence of commission members.

“We have listened carefully to the views of WADA, USADA and cycling stakeholders and have decided that a truth and reconciliation process is the best way to examine the culture of doping in cycling in the past and to clear the air so that cycling can move forward,” McQuaid said in a UCI release.

USADA chief executive Travis Tygart said he remained skeptical about the UCI’s ability to independently review its conduct.

“The UCI blindfolded and handcuffed its independent commission and now hopes the world will look the other way while the UCI attempts to insert itself into the investigation into the role it played in allowing the doping culture to flourish,” Tygart said in an e-mailed statement.

“We have always fully supported a well-structured truth and reconciliation process in order to clean up the sport and protect the rights of athletes, but it is clear that the UCI cannot be allowed to script its own self-interested outcome in this effort,” Tygart said.