Something of a standoff has developed between the International Cycling Union (UCI) and the independent commission it established (the UCIIC) to investigate the culture of doping in the sport. Whilst the UCIIC is adamant that an amnesty for those ready to admit to past misdemeanors is essential if a full and frank picture of the drugs landscape is to be revealed the UCI have reject any such measures. A result of the difference of opinion is that the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), the Untied States Anti-Doping Agency – the USADA, who doggedly pursued Armstrong – plus pressure group Change Cycling Now (CCN) will not be involved in proceedings. In an attempt to resolve all party differences the UCIIC has requested an emergency meeting to address the issue directly with the UCI; it has been suggested that the meeting will be held at some point after January 21, and that it will take place in London, in public.
On the subject of the UCI’s reluctance for any form of amnesty, Travis Tygart, CEO of USADA, has stated: ‘UCI’s refusal to agree to allow a limited opportunity for riders to come forward and be truthful without fear of retribution or retaliation from the UCI obviously calls into question the UCI’s commitment to a full and thorough investigation and creates grave concern that the UCI has blindfolded and handcuffed this Independent Commission to ensure a pre-determined outcome. The current terms of reference are not good for clean athletes or moving this sport forward to a better future.’