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LONDON: The procedural hearing of the independent commission set up by cycling world governing body the UCI following the Lance Armstrong scandal has been postponed until Friday due to snow.
UCI chiefs set up the three-member inquiry, which includes 11-time Paralympic champion Tanni-Grey Thompson and whose chairman is Philip Otton, a former judge in England’s Court of Appeal, to deal with several issues notably the disgraced Armstrong’s relationship with cycling’s governing body.
One of the key items on the agenda, for a hearing originally due to take place in London today until a cold snap hit Britain, concerns the issue of “Amnesty/truth and reconciliation”.
Last week the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), the United States Doping Agency (USADA) and pressure group Change Cycling Now all said they were withdrawing from the hearing because of the lack of an amnesty.
They argued this was vital so witnesses gave evidence “without fear of retribution or retaliation from the UCI”.
Friday’s hearing will take place in London. AFP