UCI to stiffen anti-doping measures

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Published: Friday 13th March 2015 by The News Editor

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Cycling’s international governing body (UCI) has announced tougher anti-doping measures including night-time visits by testers and an integrity test for team leaders and doctors.

The announcement comes in response to the Cycling Independent Reform Commission (CIRC) report into the Lance Armstrong scandal and other doping cases.

The UCI has also established a task force to ensure the CIRC recommendations are followed through.

UCI president Brian Cookson said: “I am absolutely determined to use the CIRC’s report to ensure that cycling continues the process of fully regaining the trust of fans, broadcasters and all the riders who compete clean.

“We value the recommendations of the CIRC and have now established an internal task force to ensure the recommendations are properly followed up.”

Team Sky’s Tour de France winner Chris Froome backed the plan for night-time testing despite the possibility of being woken in the middle of the night.

Froome told www.cyclingnews.com: “Given the culture and deceit of the past, that means addressing every possible avenue that can help make cycling as clean as possible. The CIRC report highlighted the potential window of opportunity for micro-dosing between 11pm and 6am. So it is the responsibility of the UCI to close it down. As I’ve said before, I’d certainly be in favour of it.

“I think we have to come at this from the starting point that minor inconvenience in the wider scheme of things is a small price to pay for protecting the integrity of the sport.

“Of course it’s not ideal to be woken up in the middle of the night, especially while you’re racing. But it’s something I’d be willing to do though, if it meant a cleaner sport.”

The UCI’s new measures include:

:: Encouraging the Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation (CADF) to order night-time testing where they believe it is necessary and proportionate.

:: A fit-and-proper-persons test for key roles in teams, such as sports directors and doctors.

:: Speed up athlete biological passport cases.

:: Re-launch the whistleblower programme – but through an independent agency.

:: Introducing a more robust and comprehensive storage and re-testing strategy.

Cookson said the UCI had already changed the policy on Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) of banned drugs and that any exemption must be unanimously approved by three members of a committee.

Published: Friday 13th March 2015 by The News Editor

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