17 December 2009
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Richard Pound and Hein Verbruggen and UCI Reach Legal Settlement

On December 15, 2009, a legal settlement was reached before the Vevey, Switzerland, District Court in the case in which the International Cycling Union (UCI) and its former President Hein Verbruggen had sued WADA’s former President Richard Pound.

The text of this legal settlement can be found below:

Richard Pound acknowledges the fact that some of his comments reported in the media might have seemed excessive if they were interpreted to mean that the UCI and Hein Verbruggen were doing nothing to combat doping. This applies to an even greater extent to the allegation of collusion which was never formulated as such.

Richard Pound regarded the work of the UCI as being insufficient, while the UCI and Hein Verbruggen perceived these criticisms as an attack on their integrity.

Richard Pound acknowledges the fact that the UCI is doing good work to eliminate cheats from their sport. The UCI has successively put in place new testing procedures to improve the fight against doping. It declares that it will of course continue its efforts.

However, it remains the duty of the bodies responsible for combating doping, including WADA, to note any inadequacy on the part of any agency whatsoever with a view to making this fight more effective.

The parties hereby undertake to respect the spirit of this agreement when making any statements about the fight against doping in cycling.

The media release will take the form of this agreement. Each party undertakes to refrain from making any comments.

They hereby declare that they have thus ended their dispute and will be responsible for their own costs and expenses.