Endurance: International Council of Arbitration for Sport

Cycling's federation faces shake-up

November, 30, 2012
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Pat McQuaidFabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty ImagesPat McQuaid said the UCI "will listen to and act on the commission's recommendations."
MILAN -- Cycling's governing body, the UCI, has announced a commission that may shake its own foundations. The independent commission is to examine alleged corruption and to propose changes in the aftermath of the Lance Armstrong doping scandal.

The UCI said that the commission would hold hearings April 9-26 and submit its report by June. The report may shed light on alleged cover-ups during Armstrong's career. Tyler Hamilton and Floyd Landis provided sworn testimony to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency claiming that Armstrong told them he tested positive at the 2001 Tour de Suisse and that the UCI knew about it.

John Coates, president of the International Council of Arbitration for Sport, selected the three-member panel. Former Court of Appeal judge Philip Otton will chair the commission. He will be assisted by Tanni Grey-Thompson, a Peer member of the U.K. House of Lords and Paralympic champion, and Australian lawyer Malcolm Holmes. Its report, if it uncovers proof of wrongdoing, would rattle an already shaky UCI.

Since the USADA finished its investigation and posted the details online Oct. 10, the governing body has come under further fire. Representatives of a new professional league announced details, European newspapers printed a manifesto calling for change, and the Change Cycling Now group formed "to force change upon the UCI." CCN consists of anti-doping advocates including Paul Kimmage, David Walsh, Greg LeMond and Jonathan Vaughters, and meets in London on Sunday.

"As I have said previously, the commission's report and recommendations are critical to restoring confidence in the sport of cycling and in the UCI as its governing body," UCI president Pat McQuaid said in a news release. "We will cooperate fully with the commission and provide them with whatever they need to conduct their enquiry and we urge all other interested stakeholders to do the same. We will listen to and act on the commission's recommendations."

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