May 31, 2006
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WADA Expresses Concern Regarding Vrijman Report

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) expresses grave concern and strong disappointment following media reports in which Dutch lawyer Emile Vrijman, who was appointed by the International Cycling Union (UCI) to investigate urine samples collected from the 1999 Tour de France, criticizes anti-doping authorities.

WADA is not in a position to comment at this time other than to state that elementary courtesy and professionalism would have dictated that WADA should have been provided with a copy of the report before interviews were given to the media.

WADA continues to stress its concern that an investigation into the matter must consider all aspects—not limited to how the damaging information regarding athletes’ urine samples became public, but also addressing the question of whether anti-doping rules were violated by athletes. WADA will respond in due course once it has fully reviewed the report.