WADA and UCI on Lance Armstrong

The World Anti-Doping Agency, (WADA) and the Union Cycliste Internationale have still not ruled on Lance Armstrong since the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency made its proclamation last week about stripping the seven-time Tour de France winner of all his medals.

Indeed there seems to be some kind of hold-up, and the exact reasons are not entirely clear. WADA states there are “two other people” involved in the process, and that continuing to reveal the information about them is not fair, until a final decision can be reached. UCI on the other hand, has been backing Armstrong throughout the USADA process, saying that he complied with all of the requirements and did not fail any of his drug tests while riding competitively.

It is not clear if the USADA’s findings–which never reached the stage of public testimony because Armstrong declined to go into arbitration, can be used in retroactively redefining the cyclist’s rights under the other two organization’s rules.

WADA hints at saying that USADA has jurisdiction, but given then fact that the U.S. agency did not follow its own protocol, it’s possible that neither WADA nor UCI have the right to strip Armstrong of his wins in Europe at least.

Neither agency is issuing any other statements than the following:

UCI’s statement on Lance Armstrong’s decision

24.08.2012

The UCI notes Lance Armstrong’s decision not to proceed to arbitration in the case that USADA has brought against him.

The UCI recognises that USADA is reported as saying that it will strip Mr. Armstrong of all results from 1998 onwards in addition to imposing a lifetime ban from participating in any sport which recognises the World Anti-Doping Code.

Article 8.3 of the WADC states that where no hearing occurs the Anti-Doping Organisation with results management responsibility shall submit to the parties concerned (Mr Armstrong, WADA and UCI) a reasoned decision explaining the action taken.

As USADA has claimed jurisdiction in the case the UCI expects that it will issue a reasoned decision in accordance with Article 8.3 of the Code.

Until such time as USADA delivers this decision the UCI has no further comment to make.

UCI Press Services

And, WADA:

WADA statement on Lance Armstrong’s decision not to seek arbitration

August 24, 2012

Further to WADA President John Fahey’s comments to the media regarding Lance Armstrong’s decision not to seek arbitration following charges brought by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), WADA now awaits the decision USADA is mandated to deliver pursuant to the World Anti-Doping Code (Code).

Until that decision is issued, and it will include sanctions, WADA cannot and will not comment on the specifics of this case.

As the international organization responsible for the fight against doping in sport, WADA will continue to monitor the process which USADA has conducted in accordance with the Code.

It is relevant to note, however, that the anti-doping rules violations alleged and outlined in USADA’s charge letter to Mr. Armstrong are based on conspiracy and fraud.

There are still two individuals included in this charge who remain to be dealt with by the process. Their rights must not be prejudiced by premature speculation as to the content of the evidence.

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