Sports Gear Maker SKINS Urges UCI To Save Cycling

PARIS, Oct 19, 2012 (AFP) – The head of a global sportswear manufacturer
that provides kit to professional cyclists has urged world cycling to take
action to stamp out doping, warning that to do nothing could see the sport
collapse.

The chairman of Skins, Jaimie Fuller, wrote in an open letter to
International Cycling Union (UCI) president Pat McQuaid that the Lance
Armstrong doping scandal had “exposed the sport to an embarrassing level of
global disrepute”.

“I am writing this open letter to urge immediate action to prevent the
irreparable implosion and collapse of world cycling,” he said in the letter,
which was also published on the company’s website skins.net.

Skins, which is based in Switzerland, makes compression clothing and is a
supplier to Cycling Australia and the soon-to-be-disbanded Rabobank
professional cycling team among others.

Fuller called on McQuaid to act soon, not only to help commercial partners
who risked pulling out but also to restore the sport’s credibility — and if
he could not do so, then he should resign.

One step it could take would be to try to persuade Armstrong to admit that
he took performance-enhancing drugs, which he has so far not done, despite the
US Anti-Doping Agency saying he was at the heart of the biggest doping
programme in sports history.

“The British cyclist, David Millar confessed to his misdemeanors and is now
an active anti-doping campaigner,” Fuller said.

“The American athlete Marion Jones continued to deny the use of performance
enhancing drugs and ended up in jail.

“I implore you to either ensure that Lance Armstrong confronts the
allegations of being a ‘serial drugs cheat’ in order to start the process of
restoring confidence in the great sport of cycling, or resign your position to
allow others to steer the recovery path at this crucial time.”

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