26 Jan 2013

Armstrong commission suspended, lacks UCI paperwork

9:52 am on 26 January 2013

An independent commission set up by the International Cycling Union following the Lance Armstrong scandal has been suspended after it emerged it had yet to receive a document from the sport's global governing body, the UCI.

The embattled UCI president Pat McQuaid says a truth and reconciliation hearing is the best way they can examine the process.

McQuad says their procedures are the most innovative and stringent in sport and they want to eradicate doping in cycling.

He says they were the first sports federation to introduce a biological passport in 2008.

McQuaid says he has resigned from an International Olympic Committee body evaluating candidate cities for the 2020 Games because his sport needs him, and added that the UCI wants a truth and reconciliation commission with the World Anti-Doping Agency, WADA - because they "cannot do it without them".

McQuaid, UCI chief since 2005, says the foundation board of WADA have to change the WADA code to give an amnesty.

A lawyer for the UCI, Ian Mill, says the cycling body can't offer an amnesty to cyclists who admitted doping offences as this would breach existing WADA rules.