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Wada slams UCI over Armstrong hearing closure

Published on Jan 30, 2013 5:46 AM
Discovery Channel team rider Armstrong passes the Arc de Triomphe in Paris after winning his seventh Tour de France in this July 24, 2005, file photo. -- PHOTO : REUTERS

LONDON (AFP) - The World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) accused cycling's world governing body of "deceit" on Tuesday 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 on Tuesday saying a lack of cooperation 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.

The commission had been created in response to allegations by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (Usada) - whose inquiry led to Armstrong being stripped of his seven Tour de France titles - that cycling officials had been complicit in the American's cheating.

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