The UCI president Brian Cookson expresses concern over WADA report into doping in athletics and the non-compliance of anti-doping authorities

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UCI president Brian Cookson has said that he will be discussing the implications of the recent World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) report into doping in Russian athletics with the Russian cycling federation in the coming days.

Speaking to Cycling Weekly, Cookson also expressed concern over the recent revelation that the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA), along with five others, is non-compliant with the WADA Code.

WADA also today placed the anti-doping authorities of three key cycling nations – Belgium, France and Spain – onto a watch list along with those of Greece, Brazil and Mexico.

“I’m in contact with Russian cycling federation colleagues and I’ll be discussing the detailed implications of the findings of the report into the IAAF [International Association of Athletics Federations] and what it says about RUSADA and the decision to declare RUSADA non-compliant,” he said.

“We need to take this very seriously and we need to decide what the appropriate action is.”

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The report, compiled by a WADA commission, alleged widespread doping in Russian athletics and found evidence of cover-ups, corruption and the destruction of anti-doping samples in a Moscow laboratory.

The report did not specifically investigate cycling in Russia and Cookson expressed his confidence in the Russian cycling federation.

“I believe that the Russian cycling federation will want to do the right thing, nobody wants to be labelled a cheat and nobody wants to sweep things under the carpet that will subsequently come out and damage our sport,” he said.

“I may be naïve and I may be proved wrong, but I believe that the people involved in the Russian cycling federation have good intentions in that respect.”

Cookson also explained that the UCI would discuss the position of Nikita Kamaev, the executive director of RUSADA who currently sits on the UCI’s anti-doping commission, in the coming days.

Kamaev has come in for criticism following the publication of the report. He is one of three members of the UCI anti-doping commission, an advisory body which does not have direct involvement with the handling of anti-doping cases.

“Obviously this is an issue that has caused us some concern, it’s a matter that I’ll be discussing with the Russian cycling federation over the next few days. We’ll make an announcement about what to do in due course,” Cookson added.

“Mr Kamaev was appointed because of his position as a head of a national anti-doping agency. If that agency has been found to be non-compliant, then that is obviously a serious matter and we’ll be discussing that and making a decision over the next few days. I’m sure you understand we don’t want to do things hastily.”

Cookson also stressed cycling’s track record in the fight against doping, in particular in the period since September 2013 when he was elected president.

“What I really want to emphasise is what we’ve done in the last two years,” he said. “We’ve done, already, all of the things on our own behalf all of the things that are now being said should be done for all sports.

“We’ve had the CIRC [Cycling Independent Reform Commission] report, we’ve thrown ourselves open to independent investigation in a way that no other sport has done.

“If we can help anybody else we’d be more than happy to do so, but I’m absolutely not complacent about it. This is not a problem that you solve on one day and it goes away forever.”

  • llos25

    Your assurance is pretty worthless I would think that so called UK based teams have as much or more money to bribe people ,I guess I one of those horrible foreigners who along with Gilbert are in the majority in mainland Europe.

  • RobTM

    That’s why Blood Bio passport was introduced. Looks for anomaly’s in the ethletes physiology and secondly, samples are being tested years later, as new tests are developed.

  • Seabeast

    How does anyone really know for certain who is clean and who is doping in any sport? They cannot be watched twenty-four hours a day. You just have to take their word that are clean and trust to the accuracy and honesty of the athlete’s sporting federation and the testing laboratories. But then it’s often stated that as fast as a PED detection is created, someone somewhere is working on creating another hitherto unknown PED. Why? It’s all about MONEY. LA swore up, down and sideways he was clean through seven Tours de France; FL even wrote a book describing how clean he was, why? Simply – MONEY. That’s what makes the world go around, sports included, nothing will change that, or the possibility that athletes will continue to risk doping in order to gain an edge over their rivals. MONEY. I’m sympathetic to Ian Franklin’s concerns, and I wish him luck with trying to get the UCI motivated.

  • Seabeast

    How does anyone really know for certain who is clean and who is doping in any sport? They cannot be watched twenty-four hours a day. You just have to take their word that are clean and trust to the accuracy and honesty of the athlete’s sporting federation and the testing laboratories. But then it’s often stated that as fast as a PED detection is created, someone somewhere is working on creating another hitherto unknown PED. Why? It’s all about MONEY. LA swore up, down and sideways he was clean through seven Tours de France; FL even wrote a book describing how clean he was, why? Simply – MONEY. That’s what makes the world go around, sports included, nothing will change that, or the possibility that athletes will continue to risk doping in order to gain an edge over their rivals. MONEY. I’m sympathetic to Ian Franklin’s concerns, and I wish him luck with trying to get the UCI motivated.

  • Tom Sharp

    He was considerably slower than the 90s EPO era, despite all the recent advances in kit and training techniques. Train harder Gilbert.

  • Brian: If you read this you should be aware of the cheating that goes on within many national cycling federations. You have heard from me about Thailand and still you refuse to respond and do anything. You will not even respond to my lawyer, for goodness sake. Many sports federations reflect the culture attitudes and practices in their countries. So, for example, the Russians can have dope tests but can also bribe the testers because of the culture of corruption that exists in that country. What about the corruption in some of the Eastern European states, or in Iran – or in Thailand, for example? How does that affect the sporting feds in their countries. In Thailand, Football has already been condemned. What about cycling: A recent fixie road race in Bangkok (doesn’t fall under the auspices of the UCI?) drew a monstrous response from the Thai Cycling Association (TCA) because the organisers would not pay then an arbitrary thousand pounds. There is no list of fees published for different race types and neither is there any insurance forthcoming from the TCA. So why do that want this money? There is a simple answer in Thailand to this question. Track Racing in Thailand: We’ve stopped going to the UCI series because of the wholesale breach of UCI regs – collusion and so on which the commissars turn a blind eye to. Brian, you really need to take a leap forward and think seriously about these issues – especially the global issue of how these countries tell you that they comply, and even produce documentation as evidence. But behind this there is corruption and lying on a massive scale. Your predecessor knew this and that’s why he got Thailand to back his presidential campaign. I for one am sick of seeing good Thai riders banned for 2 years without a hearing because the organisers won’t shove a thousand quid into the TCA’s back pocket. Will you please do something?

  • Off course it is possible. I am no fan of Chris Froome or of Team Sky but I can assure you that these riders are clean. Your kind of cynical post should be sent to the trash bin.

  • Gilbert Chaussenery

    oh really well at that level and the speed and going fast has a motorbike in the mountain stage the way did FROOME that impossible clean no way