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UCI Announces ‘Cycling Independent Reform Commission’


World Cycling’s governing body the UCI has announced the formation of a new independent commission into doping in the sport titled Cycling Independent Reform Commission (CIRC).

Previously titled the ‘Truth and Reconciliation Commission’, this new commission with include a three man team headed by Swiss politician Dick Marty. He will be assisted by anti-doping specialist and CAS representative Ulrich Haas, along with former Australian military officer Peter Nicholson.

The Commission will investigate doping which occurred in the sport of cycling throughout the 1990’s and 2000’s but no additional details were provided on how it will be undertaken.

Bike Pure support the formation of the independent committee. Learning from and acknowledging the darker past of cycling will help to remove the clouds that linger over areas of our wonderful sport. If the commission can help in restoring the credibility of cycling in any way then it must be welcomed. For the sport to fully recover, the emphasis of doping must not though lie solely at the foot of the doping rider, but encompass all those involved in the systematic use of doping during that era.

We also hope that the Commission gives a voice to and recognises the real riders who chose not to be drawn into doping or cheating in that era as there were many. Their ethical choices should be fully recognised and commended for they are too often the silent victims of doping, or passive dopers as they have been referred.

In a UCI press release issued today, UCI President Brian Cookson issued the following statement:-

“This Commission will investigate the problems cycling has faced in recent years, especially the allegations that the UCI has been involved in wrongdoing in the past – allegations which have done so much to hurt the credibility of the UCI and our sport. Their work will also be focused on understanding what went so wrong in our sport and they will make recommendations for change so that as far as possible those mistakes are not repeated.”

“In recognition of the scope of their task, and to emphasise that, as a sport, we need to gain a positive outcome from its work, it will be named the Cycling Independent Reform Commission (CIRC).”

“The Independent Commission has already started preparatory work and will soon be given complete access to the files of the UCI and all the electronic data which was copied as soon as I was elected. It will also be seeking testimony from people involved in the sport or who have been involved in the past and we are in the final stages of discussions with WADA to agree how best to incentivise people to co-operate with the Independent Commission.

“We have agreed a budget for the Commission, which the UCI will cover in full, and we have also expressed our wish that its work be concluded this year. Other than that, the Independent Commission based in Lausanne will operate completely independently of the UCI and will organise its work as it chooses. The Commission’s terms of reference will explicitly state that the Commission will act autonomously and that its members will not receive any instruction from the UCI.

“Other work well underway includes the audit of the UCI’s current anti-doping activities by iNADO who are using top staff from the anti-doping organisations of Finland and Norway for this work which will conclude at the end of the month. This is completely distinct from the work of the Independent Commission and is focussed on assuring that our current operations are as good as they can be.

“In other ways the progress will be more subtle as we change the way the UCI works to make it a more transparent and modern organisation, one which people trust. My vision is simple, I want us to be the best international federation in the world, a federation that merits its beautiful and enduring sport, and I want our sport to be one in which everyone – fans, participants, media, sponsors, governments – can have the utmost trust and confidence”.

Full UCI Statement can be read here: