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UCI disbands independent Armstrong commission

Published on Jan 29, 2013 7:31 AM
 
In this file picture taken on Dec 13, 2012 International Cycling Union (UCI) president Pat McQuaid answers questions during an interview with AFP at the World cycling governing body's headquarters in Aigle, western Switzerland. The International Cycling Union (UCI) announced on Jan 28, 2013 that it had disbanded the independent commission it had set up to investigate any alleged involvement by the global governing body in the Lance Armstrong doping scandal. UCI president Pat McQuaid said they had been left with little choice but to disband the three-member commision consisting of chairman Philip Otton, a former judge in England's Court of Appeal, British Paralympic champion Tanni Grey-Thompson and Australian lawyer Malcolm Holmes. -- PHOTO : AFP

LONDON (AFP) - The International Cycling Union (UCI) announced on Monday 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 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 it a "useless exercise".

"Over the weekend I spoke to John Fahey, president of WADA," Mr McQuaid said in a statement on Monday. "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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