WADA slams UCI over Armstrong hearing closure

January 30, 2013 - 1:27:49 am

LONDON: The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) accused cycling’s world governing body of “deceit” yesterday following its decision to disband its own independent commission into the Lance Armstrong drugs scandal.

WADA’s damning criticism of the International Cycling Union (UCI) came as the independent commission itself issued a statement yesterday saying a lack of co-operation by the UCI and other interested parties had made its work “impossible”.

Monday saw UCI President Pat McQuaid announce the closure of the independent commission after protracted argument about its powers and whether witnesses would be granted an amnesty protecting them from subsequent disciplinary action.

McQuaid, UCI President, said the commission was being scrapped in favour of a “truth and reconciliation process” (TRC), which had the support of WADA.

WADA President John Fahey denied this accusing the UCI of ignoring its responsibilities and being “determined to apparently deflect responsibility for the doping problem in its sport to others”.

Fahey added: “UCI has publicly announced that WADA has agreed to work with it on some form of truth and reconciliation. This is not only wrong in content and process, but again deceitful.”