UCI to seek to establish a Truth and Reconciliation Commission with WADA

The () today announced that it aims to establish a Truth and Reconciliation Commission with the () to look at in . The  made the announcement at the first public hearing of the Independent Commission established to investigate the allegations made against the  in the recent USADA reasoned decision on and the United States Postal Service (USPS) team. The Independent Commission, which was established on 30 November 2012, is chaired by the eminent former Court of Appeal judge Sir Philip Otton, and includes the UK House of Lords Peer and Paralympic Champion Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson and the Australian lawyer Malcolm Holmes QC.

The will seek to jointly develop with the legal framework for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, including providing for an amnesty programme. The will share a first draft of this framework with  no later than Monday. The aim will be to announce the final format of the Commission around the end of March. The amnesty programme will need to be approved by the Foundation Board.

The also committed to update the Independent Commission on its discussions with before a second public hearing next Thursday.

, President of the , said: “We have listened carefully to the views of , USADA and cycling stakeholders and have decided that a truth and reconciliation process is the best way to examine the culture of in cycling in the past and to clear the air so that cycling can move forward. In addition to contact between our lawyers about establishing a Truth and Reconciliation Commission I spoke to the Director-General of earlier this week and I will be speaking  to its President over the weekend. I welcome the opportunity to work in partnership with on this.

As I have said many times, when I became President of the in 2005, the fight against the culture of was – together with globalisation of our sport – my top priority. The ’s anti- procedures are and have  been among the most innovative and stringent in sport including being the first federation to introduce the blood passport in 2008. I hope the lessons learned from the truth and reconciliation process will help in particular to educate young riders and to help eradicate in its entirety from cycling.”

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