Cycling body braces for doping scandal review

By James Barnes

04 December 2012 at 12:14 BST

An independent review is to shine a spotlight on the role of cycling's global governing body next April, following months of unease after the Lance Armstrong doping scandal.

Armstrong: at centre of doping row

Armstrong: at centre of doping row

The hearing -- which was initiated by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) itself and will be held in London – will mull over issues arising from the US’s Anti-Doping Agency’s (USADA) investigation into Mr Armstrong and the US Postal Service Team.

Senior judge

The UCI established the review commission in October, appointing former English Court of Appeal Judge Sir Philip Otton, assisted by House of Lords Peer, Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, and Australian lawyer, Malcolm Holmes QC.
The hearing is scheduled for 9-26 April 2013 and plans to submit a report to the UCI by 1 June 2013.
London law firm Macfarlanes will act as legal advisors to the Commission, having instructed Guy Morpuss QC as leading counsel. The firm will also instruct forensic accountants and medical experts to act as advisors to the Commission.
The UCI will be instructing lawyers to represent the governing body at the hearing.

Restoring confidence

Its Irish president, Pat McQuaid, commented: ‘The commission’s report and recommendations are critical to restoring confidence in the sport of cycling and in the UCI as its governing body. We will co-operate fully with the commission and provide them with whatever they need to conduct their Inquiry and we urge all other interested stakeholders to do the same. We will listen to and act on their recommendations.’


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