UCI, WADA pissing contest gets uglier

You had to know this was coming. The unleashes the latest salvo in the ongoing pissing contest with and USADA. Today, its “he said, he said” emails.

From Communications Services:

The rejects accusations by in a press release today that it has been ‘deceitful’ in its dealings with the anti- agency on the matter of establishing a (TRC) for cycling and in disbanding the Independent Commission.

The has chosen to publish correspondence between its President  and his counterpart, John Fahey, in the interests of transparency and in order to set the record straight.

commented: “I am very saddened that it has come to this, but I cannot allow the latest blatant and aggressive misrepresentations contained
in ’s most recent press release to go unchallenged. Mr Fahey is saying one thing in public and quite the opposite in correspondence with me, as the attached communications show.

“The reached out to in a spirit of partnership. This is about doing what is right for cycling. This is not the time for showmanship, or political point scoring.

“The is perplexed that has now chosen to rebuff and attack the ’s willingness to establish a TRC, having just demanded that the  establish exactly such a commission.

“We have now reached this sorry juncture because publicly questioned the independence of the Independent Commission, criticised its terms of reference as being too Armstrong-centric (despite that being the whole basis for its establishment), repeatedly called for a broader inquiry into  in , and over this past weekend stated unequivocally, both orally and in writing, that it had no faith in the Commission which it referred to as ‘the so-called Independent Commission’ and which it asserted was ‘too compromised’ to continue in office.

“Mr Fahey stated clearly in his letter to me that he believed ‘the process should start over from a new beginning’, regardless of the cost consequences for the .

“Astonishingly, now that the has once again tried to work with  by establishing the very body that it has been loudly calling for, it is disappointing, to say the least, to see Mr Fahey expressing support for the Commission that he had just condemned as having ‘no credibility’.

“In my letter to Mr Fahey, the reached out to in a spirit of partnership and cooperation. It is time to put personalities aside and work together for the future of cycling and sport more generally.

“In his letter to me, Mr Fahey’s recollections of our telephone conversation differs in a great many important respects from my own. As just one example, shown in the emails we have been forced to release today: Mr Fahey knew very well that I would call him, but not (as he claims) because he had been informed by the media, rather because we had arranged the call several days earlier in an email exchange with his Director General David Howman, with him in copy.

“ The is determined not to dwell on ’s inconsistent behaviour. We wish to reaffirm our commitment to establishing the TRC, and hope and expect , NADOs, s, Tour Organisers and s to engage in that process for the benefit of the sport.”

Mr McQuaid concluded: “I would therefore urge the President of one more time to try to set his personal vendetta and crusade against cycling aside and to support the in doing what is right for cycling. Our aims are the same: to rid cycling and indeed all sports of the scourge of .”

Communications Service

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