9 March 2011

WADA Satisfied with CAS Recognition of Athlete Biological Passport as Valid Instrument

Statement from WADA Director General David Howman following the Court of Arbitration for Sport's (CAS) decisions on the cases of cyclists Franco Pellizotti and Pietro Caucchioli.

“These two completed cases involving the Athlete Biological Passport Program (ABP) represent a significant step in the global fight against doping in sport. The ABP has proven it can withstand legal and scientific challenges. Further, as stated in the Caucchioli decision, the ABP is considered a valid and reliable method for indirectly detecting doping.

“These decisions send a strong message to athletes who take the risk to cheat that they will ultimately be caught.

“WADA is satisfied with the progress made with the ABP and recognizes the rigor and the continuous efforts of the International Cycling Union (UCI) in its implementation. The commitment of the UCI to the ABP has been considerable and with this legal backing from CAS, it will allow them to further advance their program. In the coming months and years, we look forward to the implementation of the ABP by other anti-doping organizations on a broad scale as we continue to enhance this instrument.”

Note: WADA has not received documentation on the Pellizotti case as it is not yet available. This statement is based on the Caucchioli decision and the press release from CAS on Pellizotti.