Ahead of next year’s Olympic Games, UK Anti-Doping and cycling’s governing body the UCI have stepped up their fight against doping. The UCI currently manages the Biological Passport and has signed an agreement with the UK organisation to share its data and other doping-related information.
In a statement UK Anti-Doping Chief Executive Andy Parkinson said: “In the countdown to next year’s Olympic and Paralympic Games, UK Anti-Doping is delighted to work with the UCI, who have led the way in maximising the benefits the biological passport offers.
“Establishing this formal partnership is vital in our ability to tackle doping and crack down on those who insist on dishonestly enhancing their performance. It also reinforces our joint ambition to pool resources and expertise in the fight against doping, not just in this country, but globally.”
The move is another step towards running what organisers hope will be the cleanest Olympic Games ever. In February, WADA announced that it will work closely with Interpol and border-control agencies in the lead-in to the 2012 London Olympics in order to complement its own existing anti-doping controls.
With regards to the UCI and UKAD’s latest move, UCI President Pat McQuaid said: “The UCI is very pleased with this agreement which marks another important advancement for the fight against doping. By pooling knowhow and resources at national and international level, by efficiently using technological tools and the extensive Biological Passport data available, we are one step closer to permanently eradicating doping across the globe.”