- Aug 9, 2012
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/othersports/cycling/9641909/Head-of-British-Cycling-says-UCI-has-one-last-chance-to-prove-its-credibility-in-wake-of-Lance-Armstrong-report.htmlHead of British Cycling says UCI has one 'last chance to prove its credibility' in wake of Lance Armstrong report
Brian Cookson, Britain’s representative on the International Cycling Union board, has warned his own colleagues in Switzerland that unless they nominate a truly independent commission with the power to investigate every allegation of wrong-doing against it then it will cease to exist as cycling’s world governing body.
“To be honest this is the UCI’s last chance to re-establish itself as a credible organisation,” says Cookson, president of British Cycling.
“Unless we have a commission that the sporting community trust to deliver verdicts on the big questions the UCI, to put it honestly, will be stuffed.
“We are looking at a commission of three to investigate everything and anything that needs looking at and, in fact, once those three are appointed they will be invited to draw up their own terms of reference. Nothing will be off limits.
"That was the strong mood of the management board meeting on Friday and we are expecting everybody from Hein Verbruggen and Pat McQuaid downwards to be completely transparent at all times.”
Cookson has confirmed that both the World Anti-Doping Agency and the International Olympic Committee will be consulted as to the composition of the commission and that ideally it will contain at least one internationally respected judge while the other two individuals would be figures from the sporting world. The UCI expects to have finalised the make-up by the end of next week.
If this is what happens, I remain hopefull.
My reason for hope has somewhat increased:
Independent investigation part looks good.
Terms of refference for the investigation is still unclear.
Update of situation posted on post #93 in this thread.