British Cycling's Medical Officer Dr Chris Jarvis has been invited to join the UCI Anti-Doping Commission. The organisation's President Pat McQuaid targeted Dr Jarvis for the role after hearing of his cycling background and of his wide-ranging experience working for sporting organisations, including British Cycling, UK Sport and the Commonwealth Games Council for England.
"I am honoured to have been offered this position," said Dr Jarvis. "Doping has had such an insidious effect on cycling that it gives me great satisfaction be involved so centrally in countering it and in contributing to protecting the future of the sport."
Dr Jarvis joins the Commission in an advisory capacity as "Medical Expert" and will be involved in regular meetings and discussions with fellow Committee members - Chairman George Ruijsch Van Dugteren, from South Africa, scientific expert Peter Hemmersbach, from Germany and legal expert Joseph De Pencier, of Canada - as they fight the battle against doping in the sport.
Dr Jarvis has also been invited to act as the official UCI Doctor at the World Track Championships in Manchester in March. The high profile roles reflect the many years of service Dr Jarvis has given to British Cycling and the GB Cycling team as both Medical Officer and Team Doctor.
"Chris Jarvis is one of the most experienced and highly respected cycling doctors in the world," said British Cycling's President Brian Cookson. "He has had a long association with British Cycling, and I know he shares my view that our sport faces a serious challenge in dealing with the problems and issues of doping. I am very pleased that he has been appointed to this important UCI Commission".