List of main recommendations to UCI from doping report
GENEVA (AP) — The International Cycling Union has been urged to renew its fight against doping after a scathing report into the sport’s culture of using banned drugs. Here are some of the main recommendations for the UCI from the Cycling Independent Reform Commission report:
— Work closely with governments and law enforcement authorities “on criminal matters in anti-doping.”
— Create an independent whistleblower desk, and routinely offer reduced sanctions to doping riders for providing “substantial assistance.”
— Report doctors found guilty of anti-doping violations to medical regulatory bodies.
— Investigate riders, support staff “as soon as a suspicion is raised” and use full statute of limitation provision.
— Create proactive ethics commission with obligation on riders, officials to cooperate.
— Test riders at night and use exemption of “serious and specific suspicion” to take samples from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.
— Routinely re-test samples when new science is available, and ensure the strategy is “well publicized.”
— Work more closely with pharmaceutical firms, and help tighten supply chains to pharmacies, hospitals.
— Create a more effective anti-doping strategy using national studies to find out where and in which disciplines doping is most frequent.
— Seek standardized quality of testing across laboratories accredited by the World Anti-Doping Agency.
— Stop leaks of confidential information by WADA-accredited labs.
— Stop “public shaming” by anti-doping organizations which report unproven allegations.
— Improve UCI election process, perhaps by giving votes to riders through a strengthened union.
— Help improve financial stability for teams, riders to reduce their incentive to dope for short-term results boost.