CAS President To Select Panel For Investigating UCI

Following recent claims into the management of the sport in the governing body of cycling, the three-man panel to investigate the International Cycling Union (UCI), will be selected by the International Council of Arbitration for Sport (ICAS) president.

John Coates, the ICAS president and chairman of the Australian Olympic Council, has been named as the man to select the three-man Independent Commission for investigating allegations against the cycling’s governing body in the Lance Armstrong doping scandal and the running of cycling by its governing body in general.

The CAS President has agreed to selecting the panel that will be chaired by a senior lawyer of international standing and also consist of a forensic accountant for looking into allegations of illegal payments by the disgraced cyclist and a senior sports administrator. All the three panel members will be free of any cycling connections. The governing body of cycling has already started contacting the nominees of Coates and is planning to make an announcement of the panel as soon as possible with the original time-frame from the UCI Management Board meeting on October 26 indicating that the members of the commission will be confirmed by the end of this week. The final terms of reference for the commission will be decided by Coates and his nominees.

UCI president Pat McQuaid said he would like to thank John Coates for his recommendations and the purpose of this independent commission is to look into the findings of the report by the United States Anti-Doping Agency and to make conclusions and recommendations that will enable the cycling’s governing body to restore confidence in the sport of cycling and in the UCI as its governing body.

Meanwhile, the Royal Dutch Cycling Federation KNWU president Marcel J.G. Wintels said it was good that the governing body of cycling accepted the USADA findings and implemented the proposed sanctions and it is time that the UCI takes a strong lead from the point. Wintels added that he is no longer reassured by UCI claims that everything has been sorted out and cycling has changed after the Lance Armstrong cycling scandal as the same words were expressed after the Festina scandal and the Armstrong case proved that wasn’t the case. He further added that Rabobank resigning its sponsorship and inability of the KNWU to answer the question whether or not the doping culture has become widely accepted in professional cycling in the recent years has damaged the answer the question whether or not the doping culture has become widely accepted in professional cycling in the recent years.

Wintels and many others including triple Tour de France winner Greg LeMond have remarked that this moment must be seized upon and permanent changes made. The KNWU chief said immediate action is required to be taken in the case and if the UCI does not live up to expectations, the Royal Dutch Cycling Federation would consider going ahead with its own truth or inquiry committee, extending the examination as far as possible internationally.

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