Olympic execs call for investigation & suspension of French lab

In a letter to WADA's executive committee in Montreal, Denis Oswald, president of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF), and Sergei Bubka, the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) athlete's commission chief, have accused the French anti-doping laboratory in Châtenay-Malabry for violating confidentiality regulations and called for an investigation to identify the person/s who leaked one of the documents that ultimately led to the doping allegations brought against seven-time Tour winner Lance Armstrong.

"According to the world code, that laboratory should have ensured the anonymity of the samples used in their research, or asked the athletes concerned for permission to perform [post] analyses. It's not a question of protecting anyone, but of applying the rules," said Oswald to L'Equipe, the paper that originally published evidence that linked six of Armstrong's frozen urine samples from the 1999 Tour de France to artificial or recombinant EPO, following retrospective testing by the lab in Châtenay-Malabry. Oswald and Bubka have also asked that the lab be suspended.

However, WADA chief Dick Pound said recently "we're not prepared to sit by and participate in an investigation that only looks at how the information became public," commenting on the current investigations being conducted by the UCI, which have revealed nothing to date.

Cyclingnews coverage of the L'Equipe allegations

June 27, 2006 - Carmichael defends Armstrong, Armstrong answers L'Equipe & LeMond
June 26, 2006 - LeMond: "Armstrong threatened my life"
June 19, 2006 - Armstrong calls for Pound's exit
June 18, 2006 - Lance Armstrong's open letter against Dick Pound
June 4, 2006 - UCI hits back at WADA
June 3, 2006 - WADA slams the Vrijman report
June 2, 2006 - L'Equipe stands by its story, UCI supports Vrijman's findings
June 1, 2006 - UCI, WADA and Armstrong react to Vrijman's report
May 31, 2006 - UCI lawyer asks for Armstrong's name to be cleared
May 14, 2006 - Two more weeks for Armstrong investigation

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