UCI Pat McQuaid Rules Out Doping Amnesty

MAASTRICHT, Netherlands, Sept 22, 2012 (AFP) – World cycling chief Pat
McQuaid on Saturday ruled out an amnesty for riders who took
performance-enhancing drugs during their careers.

McQuaid was speaking a day after the International Cycling Union (UCI)
adopted a motion at their annual Congress here to focus on the anti-doping
effort in order to provide a clean environment for the next generations of

The Irishman said however that they would not be setting up a Truth and
Reconciliation Commission at which riders could admit to their doping pasts in
order to clean up the sport for the future.

“The UCI Steering Committee discussed the possibility of an operation
similar to what South Africa knew at the end of apartheid with the Truth and
Reconciliation Commission,” said McQuaid.

“The conclusion was that it would first be inappropriate to take any action
while the USADA/Armstrong affair is underway and, in addition, the Global Code
does not provide for any amnesty.

“We’re not at all in the same situation as in South Africa and the idea was

McQuaid said the UCI were still awaiting a report from the US Anti-Doping
Agency into the alleged doping record of American Lance Armstrong, whom the
USADA has branded a drug cheat.

USADA said last month that Armstrong would be banned for life and his
results since 1998 — including seven Tour de France titles won from 1999-2005
— would be expunged due to “numerous” alleged violations.

McQuaid said that after receiving the final USADA verdict the UCI would
have 21 days to take a decision.

“Except if the examination of the documents should reveal an important
problem, the UCI has no intention of appealing (before the Court of
Arbitration for Sport) but we need to check,” he said.

McQuaid, who has been UCI chief since 2005, also announced his candidacy
for a new four-year term with the fight against doping his priority.

“A real doping culture existed which we are in the process of stamping out
but we need time,” he added.