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Armstrong Investigation Panel Appointed by Cycling Ruling Body

Cycling’s governing body appointed a three-person independent commission to investigate doping in the sport and the influence of discredited rider Lance Armstrong.

Former U.K. Court of Appeal Judge Philip Otton, British paralympian Tanni Grey-Thompson and Australian lawyer Malcolm Holmes will meet in London in April. The panel will then aim to submit a report to the International Cycling Union, known by the French acronym UCI, by June 1.

“The appointment of these three eminent figures demonstrates clearly that the UCI wants to get to the bottom of the Lance Armstrong affair and put cycling back on the right track,” UCI President Pat McQuaid said in a statement.

Armstrong was stripped of his record seven Tour de France titles by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency in August. The American won each edition from 1999 to 2005, and USADA banned him for life and took away the victories following an investigation into doping throughout his career.

Armstrong, who has denied doping and said he never failed a drug test, was barred after opting not to contest USADA’s decision before an arbitration board.

Last month the UCI said it wouldn’t appeal the rider’s ban and would set up the commission to look into allegations about how the cycling authority handled issues relating to Armstrong. The panel will be asked to find ways to ban people caught doping from participating in any part of professional cycling, the UCI said at the time.

The commission will work fully independently of the UCI, the International Council of Arbitration for Sport and the Court of Arbitration for Sport, the world’s highest sports court, the UCI said.

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