World Anti-Doping Agency ‘Concerned’ About UCI Probe

The World Anti-Doping Agency may boycott a probe of the International Cycling Union’s relationship with Lance Armstrong because of “significant concerns” about the review panel’s ground rules.

WADA has been contacted by lawyers for a three-person panel setup by the governing body to conduct an independent look into Armstrong and his interaction with the organization known by its French acronym, UCI.

In August, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, or USADA, stripped the American rider of his seven Tour de France titles and banned him for life for using prohibited substances after he opted not to contest doping charges in arbitration. USADA’s stand was upheld in October by the UCI.

The governing body’s leadership has been criticized in the aftermath of the Armstrong affair for failing to act sooner, and it set up the panel Oct. 22.

WADA has “some significant concerns about the commission’s terms of reference and has alerted the lawyers representing the commission of its concerns,” it said in an emailed statement today. “If WADA’s concerns cannot be resolved as a result of this meeting, WADA will consider seriously whether it can take part in the commission’s process.”

WADA spokesman Terence O’Rorke declined to detail the concerns the organization had with the UCI panel.

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