UCI Creates Anti-Doping Foundation
March 6, 2008 – The new UCI Anti-Doping Foundation, the creation of which was approved in principle by the UCI Management Committee at its most recent meeting, in Treviso in January, was formally constituted today.
The Foundation, which was set up under Swiss legislation, will be overseen by a Foundation Board chaired by Pat McQuaid, and comprising Messrs Peder Pedersen (Denmark), Daniel Baal (France), Artur Lopes (Portugal) and George Ruijsch Van Dugteren (South Africa), all designated by the UCI, The running of the Foundation will be supervised by the Swiss authorities.
The main aim of the UCI Anti-Doping Foundation is to increase the resources available to the anti-doping campaign, and to optimise the practical and scientific aspects of the UCI’s anti-doping activities by developing new synergies. The introduction of the biological passport, which now complements the range of anti-doping actions undertaken by the UCI, was the driving force for this initiative, which will open new avenues for our Federation to pursue.
In order to guarantee the greatest possible transparency in the management of the budget allocated to the Foundation (over EUR 5 million per year), parties that make a financial contribution will be represented on a contributors’ committee. They will have right of inspection over the use of the funds collected. This committee, chaired by Daniel Baal, will include representatives of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), organisers, teams, riders and other parties.
The UCI Anti-Doping Foundation will have its headquarters at the World Cycling Centre in Aigle, Switzerland. Ms Anne Gripper, currently Manager of the UCI Anti-Doping Department, will coordinate its activities, assisted by seven full-time members of staff.
Following the formal constitution of the Foundation, the Foundation Board held its first meeting and heard a progress report on the 2007 “100% against doping” programme, which has targets measured from 1 April 2007 to 1 April 2008. As of the end of 2007, three quarters of the scheduled tests had been carried out: 4,367 in-competition tests and 1,077 out-of-competition tests. The results detected under this programme will be added to those of the biological passport as from 1 January 2008. Introduction of the biological passport has resulted in an increase in the number of controls planned under the “100% against doping” programme.
The UCI is pleased to announce that the various stages in the implementation of the biological passport are going ahead on schedule. To date, 464 unannounced out-of-competition tests have been conducted (out of a total of 911 tests of all kinds).
By the end of April, 2,000 tests will have been carried out. This figure will rise to around 4,000 by the end of June.
To date, riders from 14 teams are providing information on their whereabouts under the ADAMS programme (Anti-Doping Administration & Management System). This procedure has now been streamlined by the introduction of a new SMS update function.
The best experts in the field have agreed to sit on the panel responsible for interpreting the riders’ profiles.
The UCI is happy to note that cooperation with the UCI ProTeams and continental professional teams in the implementation of the biological passport has been excellent.
The success of this programme, which was driven largely by the UCI, demonstrates once again cycling’s resolute opposition to the scourge of doping.
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UCI Creates Anti-doping Foundation
January 25, 2008 – The Management Committee of the International Cycling Union (UCI) met today for the second consecutive day in Treviso, Italy, alongside the 2008 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships.
At the meeting the UCI Management Committee approved the creation of an anti-doping foundation, which will be managed by a Foundation Board made up of members designated solely by the UCI.
This foundation will make it possible to increase the resources available to the anti-doping campaign, which has become necessary as a result of the introduction of the biological passport, among other measures. The Management Committee expressed its satisfaction at the progress being made on setting up the foundation, but invited all parties involved to respect the commitments they had undertaken.
Those who make a financial contribution to the anti-doping foundation will be represented on a contributors’ committee. The funds collected in this way will thus be used in a completely transparent manner, thanks to the powers of oversight granted to the contributors.
In accordance with Swiss law, the foundation will be supervised by the Swiss authorities.
The creation of the UCI anti-doping foundation will have no major impact on the practical or scientific aspects of the UCI’s anti-doping activities.
A Medical Commission will also be created. It will replace the Sporting Safety and Conditions Commission.
The Management Committee then decided to look into creating a body, linked to the UCI ProTour, to promote cycling. The UCI would be a majority shareholder, but it would be open to investment by teams and organisers involved in the UCI ProTour.
The primary purpose of this body will be to optimise the financial potential of the UCI ProTour by making available to all parties involved in the tour, including organisers of the races that will join in the near future, the best possible opportunities in terms of TV production and marketing services, with a view to broadening cycling’s universal appeal.
In terms of sports organisation, the B World Championships will be discontinued, in line with the wishes of the Management Committee. In future, the Olympic places allocated through this event will be assigned through the Continental Championships and the UCI Continental Circuits, which are experiencing considerable growth in terms of both the number and quality of events.
The Management Committee also approved the creation of a UCI Paracycling World Cup.
The Management Committee took the decision to combine the Elite Road World Championships with the Juniors event beginning in 2011. Following this decision, the 2010 UCI Junior Road and Track World Championships (the last in this format) were granted to Offida in Italy.
Finally, the Management Committee approved the track and cyclo-cross calendars (including the World Cups), which are available on the UCI website (www.uci.ch).
Regarding the current situation with the ASO, RCS and Unipublic events, the Management Committee noted that the French, Italian and Spanish National Federations had not yet asked for them to be registered on any of the calendars.
Consequently, and in accordance with the UCI rules, these events were deemed not to be part of the UCI international calendar.
As a result, the Management Committee has decided to invite the Presidents of the French, Italian, Spanish and Belgian Federations present at the UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships in Treviso to attend a meeting tomorrow to discuss this problem and work out a solution.
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