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UCI brings on new independent body to shake up anti-doping approach

Joe Robinson
18 Oct 2019

International Testing Agency to help organisation of testing, athlete whereabouts

The UCI has changed its approach to anti-doping in cycling bringing onboard the International Testing Agency to manage its fight against doping.

The UCI Management Committee came to the decision to work with the ITA in response to the recent Operation Alderlass investigation which saw seven professional riders, from past and present, implicated in the blood doping scandal.

The ITA describes itself as a body that offers 'comprehensive anti-doping services, independent from sporting or political powers'. Part of its remit includes organisation of anti-doping tests out of competition, athlete whereabouts and managing Therapeutic Use Exemptions.

Comprising of 40 anti-doping experts, the ITA will now work closely with the UCI in developing its strategy to fight doping within the sport and manage its approach going forward.

The extent of how closely the two bodies will work together are still uncertain and should be made clearer when the UCI announces the results of their discussion at the cyclocross World Championships in early February.

Providing a similar service to the existing Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation, questions now arise around whether the UCI will need the services of both bodies. 

However, the governing body was adamant that it 'will make sure CADF’s expertise is preserved regardless of the outcome of the discussions' and 'that the CADF shall retain the responsibility for the cycling anti-doping programme for 2020.'

The CADF's director Francessca Rossi left her role earlier this week.

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