UCI disbands independent Armstrong commission

  • AFP, London
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  • Updated: Jan 29, 2013 23:41 IST

The International Cycling Union (UCI) announced it had disbanded the independent commission it had set up to investigate alleged involvement by the global governing body in the Lance Armstrong doping scandal.

The UCI said yesterday it was shutting down the commission, which only met in public for the first time on Friday, because both the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the United States Doping Agency (USADA) had refused to co-operate with its investigations and thus any report it produced would be dismissed “as not being complete or credible”.

UCI president Pat McQuaid, who attended Friday's hearing in London, said they had been left with little choice but to disband the commission after WADA labelled the result of its investigations a “useless exercise”.

“Over the weekend I spoke to John Fahey, president of WADA,” McQuaid said in a statement yesterday.

“He confirmed WADA's willingness to help the UCI establish a truth and reconciliation commission (TRC), as well as saying that WADA had no confidence in the existing independent commission process...We have therefore decided to disband the independent commission with immediate effect.”

 

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