September 6, 2007 – Civil Court No. 6 in AlmerÃa, Spain, has thrown out a case brought by a Spanish rider, Carlos Roman Golbano, who had contested the competence of the International Cycling Union on the subject of anti-doping procedures and regulations. In particular, Mr Golbano had contested the UCI’s right to require information on his whereabouts as part of the out-of-competition anti-doping programme.
The Court dismissed the case presented by Carlos Roman Golbano, considering that the UCI had the right to draw up its own anti-doping regulations and require that they are respected by all affiliated parties.
The ruling also established that the implementation of the rider whereabouts programme did not breach any individual rights guaranteed by the Spanish Constitution.
The Court in AlmerÃa recognised the benefits and effectiveness of the actions undertaken by the UCI in the fight against doping. The Court also confirmed the UCI’s right to carry out unannounced out-of-competition testing.
The UCI welcomes this ruling as a confirmation of the legitimacy of all the anti-doping measures that it has implemented over a considerable period of time.
The UCI also expresses its recognition of the support afforded by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in its defence, taking into account the fact that the regulations introduced by the World Anti-Doping Code were indirectly involved.