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"The athletes and the federations are on our side and that's essential. If I take out cycling and...
"The athletes and the federations are on our side and that's essential. If I take out cycling and some elements within [world football's ruling body] FIFA, all is well," World Anti-Doping Agency president Dick Pound said in an interview with L'Equipe on Tuesday.
"Our enemies are clearly identified," added Pound, who recalled a visit to UCI headquarters in Aigle, Switzerland, this spring to meet with president Pat McQuaid's predecessor, Hein Verbruggen: "[I] was told that [anti-doping] controls were too expensive... it still makes me smile.
"[The] UCI were even thinking about reducing the number of tests. A few weeks later, the Puerto case broke out."
However, somewhat ironically, Pound appeared largely satisfied with the UCI's compliance with WADA: "They have changed their rules and now comply with the [WADA anti-doping] code, barring a few details," he said.