6 February 2012

WADA statement on Contador decision from CAS

WADA welcomes the decision of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) that upheld the appeal of WADA and the UCI against the Spanish cycling federation’s decision not to sanction Alberto Contador following a positive test for clenbuterol at the 2010 Tour de France.

The Court made the decision following consideration of the comprehensive evidence presented to them – which ran to more than 4,000 pages – and the decision clearly shows that the process is robust and thorough.

WADA President John Fahey said: “This is an appropriate decision from CAS which represents the effective nature of the World Anti-Doping Code.

“It is regrettable there was some political interference at the first instance process from Spain which inevitably led to the appeal.

“As always, WADA will respect CAS decisions and continue to exercise its right to appeal at CAS any further case when it believes the Code has not been correctly followed.”