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Independent Commission urges UCI to agree to Truth and Reconciliation process

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January 16, 2013, 10:35,
January 16, 2013, 10:45
Second Edition Cycling News, Wednesday, January 16, 2013
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Amnesty for doping confessions could begin in the spring

The UCI-appointed Independent Commission, created to investigate issues and allegations arising out of the USADA Reasoned Decision in relation to Lance Armstrong and the US Postal Service Team, has called on the UCI to include a Truth and Reconciliation process that would offer a full or partial amnesty to whoever confesses to past involvement in doping.

WADA, USADA and the Change Cycling Now group have all criticised the independence of the Commission and refused to participate in the planned hearings, weakening the depth and validity of the Commission's work and the validity of any conclusions.

The Commission has called on them to change their mind and decided to hold a procedural hearing with the UCI 'as soon as posisble after January 21, in public' to discuss a Truth and Reconciliation process. The Commission also wants to discuss and possibly change the strict terms of reference the UCI set when it created the Commission.

"The Commission is of the view that a Truth and Reconciliation process is desirable for the purposes of this Inquiry, and that such a process would ensure that the most complete evidence is available to the Commission at its hearing in April 2013. The Commission is of the view that such a process would be in the interests not only of the Inquiry, but also of professional cycling as a whole," a press release from the Commission reads.

"The Commission, via the Solicitors to the Inquiry, has written to the UCI’s solicitors, urging the UCI to reconsider its position."

"The Commission is of the view that the participation of USADA, WADA and CCN in the Inquiry would assist the Commission, and it hopes that they will give further consideration to participating, and will continue to explore the possibility of a Truth and Reconciliation process directly with the UCI."

The January procedural hearing will be held in London.

The Commission is funded by the UCI and headed by former British Court of Appeal judge Sir Philip Otton and assisted by House of Lords Peer and Paralympic Champion, Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, and Australian lawyer Malcolm Holmes QC.

The Commission planned to hold a hearing in London between 9-26 April and submit its report to the UCI by 1 June 2013. A Truth and Reconciliation process, involving numerous people, could delay any final report.

reubenr More than 1 year ago
Armstron's apology will be followed by the apology from all his fans. Thanks.
Chuck_T More than 1 year ago
No, just more indignation and finger pointing.
Dale Newhouse More than 1 year ago
Never happen until Tygart starts apologizing for his lies and changing and tainting the samples from Cyclist. He is a self serving attitude. Not a ounce of creditability. Yes the 90's was the decade of doping, but they all dope and they all should come under the same sanctions. Cycling better get it's creditability back.
Pat McQuaid Must Go More than 1 year ago
Pat and Hein are about 10 years past their sell-by date. Let's hope Lance does 1 good thing and points the finger at them!
Terrence Martineau More than 1 year ago
Why is it that an " independent" commission needs to beg the UCI for any if this... Answer: because its not independent and this whole thing is a pathetic attempt to pull the wool over our eyes... Pat McQuaid you being the architect of this attempted fraud is enough to call for your resignation.
epofuel More than 1 year ago
If Lance really opens his mouth, there won't be a sport soon thereafter. If everyone knew the truth about pro cycling, sponsors would bail left and right. My bet is that even Tygart's job is in jeopardy. Stay tuned for finger pointing on all sides - for nothing more than exposing years of doping deception by all parties. In the end, what will be confirmed is what we knew all along: everyone was doping or complicit in covering it up or not saying anything. The tests didn't work, and we'll never know who was clean, and who was not. Saying you were clean is not enough, obviously. If the tests don't work, then all results need to be nullified, before and after the Lance years as well. Almost all of the riders were beating all of the tests, all of the time. The results of those years should stand, and those riders who think otherwise need to come forward. If not, then the results stand. Whatever comes out, we know the truth now: Like Kohl says, we will never rule out doping. Cyclists cannot be trusted, just like no other professional sportsman can be trusted. It has to be considered for what it is: ENTERTAINMENT. Plowing a field and planting crops is real work, cycling is fantasy. No different than the movies or video games in that regard. Yes, it is beautiful, but it is entertainment, and it will never be more than that.
Chuck_T More than 1 year ago
Wake up to yourself, there'll always be cycling!
Mark Crane More than 1 year ago
This is all a good thing to see: The three groups (WADA, USADA, CCN) all working together to force the UCI to make the "Independent Commission" truly INDEPENDENT of UCI involvement. In this way we'll really be able to get to the bottom of this. BTW, did anybody else get invited to watch Oprah with Paddy?
smipypr More than 1 year ago
Wow. Truth & Reconciliation. I've been asking for that for years. Shine some light into the depths of doping. 'Fess up. Go forth and don't dope no more. One thing that should be learned is to reduce the penalties. Life bans? Fro cyclists, footballers, and track & field competitors? When there are so many real-life white collar criminals doing far greater damage? Pro sport owners, players, and regulators should get over themselves. Can't trust the athletes? Horseshit. They will do what they must in order to keep their scholarships and/or their jobs. How 'bout putting some scrutiny on the team owners and managers - and the event promoters - who keep upping the ante by making races longer, mountain passes higher, and calendars longer.