Following the recent exposure of doping cases in the Tour de France and other revelations in cycling, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) today offered to convene a high-level summit of all parties involved in cycling to have an in-depth discussion on how to deal with the problem of doping in this sport.
"Without commenting on the specifics of pending cases, WADA is deeply concerned by the multiplication of doping cases and affairs in cycling," said WADA President, Richard W. Pound. "Even recent initiatives taken by cycling authorities, such as a pledge against doping and increased pressure, are obviously insufficient to deter some riders from cheating. We need to hold such a meeting urgently to see what more can be done to restore the credibility and integrity of cycling."
The invitation to this summit will be extended to all parties involved in cycling–the International Cycling Union (UCI), cycling events organizers, professional cyclists, team members (including doctors, leaders, and other members of the entourage), and other individuals or organizations involved in this sport, including sponsors and broadcasters–and to selected members of the anti-doping community with expertise and experience in cycling.
Themes of discussion will include full compliance with anti-doping protocols and procedures set forth by the World Anti-Doping Code and its related International Standards, review of out-of-competition testing programs, education and awareness initiatives, the development of best practice models, and any other topic that may help strengthen the fight against doping in cycling.
"WADA will officially contact the parties involved in the next few days to offer to hold this summit," said WADA Director General, David Howman. "Because WADA is an independent international body and has a structure which is an equal partnership between the Sports Movement and Governments of the world, we are uniquely positioned to coordinate the fight against doping and bring together the strengths and resources of all of these partners involved. We are willing to further assist cycling in finding solutions to the doping issue."