LONDON, Dec 4, 2012 (AFP) – An independent commission set up to probe the
International Cycling Union’s (UCI) handling of the Lance Armstrong doping
scandal on Tuesday called for witnesses to get in touch.
The panel, headed by former England and Wales appeals court judge Philip
Otton, will look into the allegations contained in the US Anti-Doping Agency
(USADA) decision to charge Armstrong over the affair.
The commission also includes Britain’s multiple Paralympic champion Tanni
Grey-Thompson, now a lawmaker in the country’s upper chamber of parliament,
and Australian lawyer Malcolm Holmes.
“Anyone with evidence which they believe to be relevant to the Terms of
Reference should submit documents and/or a written summary of evidence they
will be able to give to the Commission …” the UCI Independent Commission
said in a statement.
“The Commission has written to some potential witnesses identified by it
and is in the process of contacting others, but invites witnesses to contact
the Commission direct.”
Witnesses have been given until the end of the year to submit evidence to
the commission, with current and former UCI employees expected to provide
documents to the panel by the end of January.
A hearing is scheduled to be held in London from April 9 to 26 next year,
and the commission is expected to submit its report to the UCI by June 1.
Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned from
the sport for life in October after the USADA produced evidence of widespread
doping by him and his former team-mates.