Useful Discussions Held with UCI President on Future CooperationMontreal, October 10, 2003 – The president and director general of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) today attended the Road World Championships of the International Cycling Union (UCI) in Hamilton, Canada, where they took the opportunity for discussions with the Union’s president regarding WADA’s relationship with UCI.
WADA President Richard W. Pound and Director General David Howman met with UCI President Hein Verbruggen, Director of Legal Affairs Philippe Verbiest and General Director Dieter Schellenberg. Discussion focused on the recent Independent Observer report from WADA on the Tour de France and future IO missions at UCI events.
Pound and Howman emphasized that the leaks regarding the report had not come from WADA and that the Agency is equally concerned about this unauthorized early release of information, which occurred before UCI had had the opportunity to comment on the report. Evidence now points to the leaks as having come from sources in France, who were also provided with preliminary copies of the report, and Pound said he will be discussing this serious matter with French Minister for Sport Jean-Francois Lamour when he meets with him later this month.
UCI will shortly review its comments regarding the IO report and both documents will be posted on WADA’s website at www.wada-ama.org.
Verbruggen confirmed in the meeting that media reports suggesting no further IO teams would be allowed at UCI events were false. The group agreed to protocols for future missions. One crucial aspect of these protocols will be that no comments will be made before the international federation involved has had the opportunity to respond.
‘We’re very pleased to have had the opportunity to clarify the recent issues regarding the IO report and to move forward in our relationship with UCI,” Pound said.
Pound added that UCI has already begun the necessary work to adopt the World Anti-Doping Code prior to the Olympic Games in Athens next year.
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