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Monday 12, Nov 2012

  CAS President To Select Panel For Investigating UCI

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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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Sunday 11, Nov 2012

  Australian Government To Launch Investigation Into Cycling Doping

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Australian Government To Launch Investigation Into Cycling Doping

On Wednesday, the Australian government said it will be conducting a review of Cycling Australia over recent doping controversies for helping restore “confidence and trust” in the sport’s national governing body.

Australian Sports Minister Kate Lundy remarked that James Wood, a former chairman of the New South Wales Law Reform Commission, will be performing the review and offering his recommendations to the Australian Sports Commission and the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority in order to formulate and execute a uniform anti-doping code for all sports in the country.

The move follows the sacking or resignation of Australian cycling officials, Matt White and Stephen Hodge. The move follows the firing or resignation of Australian cycling officials Matt White and Stephen Hodge. While White was fired by after his name appeared in the United States Anti-Doping Agency’s report against the disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong as one of the former teammates of Armstrong who used performance enhancing drugs, Hodge resigned after admitting to using performance enhancing drugs but was not implicated in the Lance Armstrong cycling scandal.

Lundy said in a statement that there have been very serious implications for Australian Cycling after the release of the explosive United States Anti-Doping Agency report that confirmed sophisticated doping programs infiltrated the sport at the elite level. Lundy added that it is important to move quickly to ensure the confidence and trust of the Australian public is restored in cycling’s governing body for Cycling Australia and the thousands of competitive cyclists in Australia, in the wake of the resignation of the Australian officials involved in these doping programs.

A former chief judge in the Supreme Court of New South Wales, Wood, recently led an inquiry that resulted in the state adopting legislation for criminalizing match-fixing, Lundy said. She added that the review of Wood will evaluate the governance and administrative practices, including recruitment and employment, of Cycling Australia and Wood will also be examining the anti-doping policies of Cycling Australia and “advise on their effectiveness including any improvement that should be made.”

The Dutch cycling federation meanwhile is poised to launch its own commission for investigating the “culture of doping” in the sport. The Royal Dutch Cycling Federation (KNWB) said professional cycling is in crisis and KNWB believes more can and must be done internationally and nationally. The KNWB said the commission will be established no later than November 30 and will make its findings public “no later than June 1 next year” and will be investigating the facts and findings in relation to the doping culture within Dutch cycling and added that it would then come up “with concrete suggestions on how to improve current measures to combat doping.” KNWU president Marcel J.G. Wintels warned  that cycling faces what he believes is the ‘deepest crisis ever.’  The Royal Dutch Cycling Federation KNWU recently sent a strong letter to UCI president Pat McQuaid and called for wide-sweeping action and reforms in the sport. It said the loss of Rabobank’s backing of the WorldTour team, the Lance Armstrong scandal, and UCI’s response to the scandal are big issues.

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