Cycling - Cookson: We are ‘addressing problems professionally and appropriately’

Brian Cookson believes that the Cycling Independent Reform Commission (CIRC) is the suitable vehicle to address cycling’s problems.

Cycling - Cookson: We are ‘addressing problems professionally and appropriately’

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Cookson was elected International Cycling Union (UCI) president in September in the wake of the Lance Armstrong doping scandal, during which the credibility of the UCI under Pat McQuaid and his predecessor Hein Verbruggen was been questioned, notably by the US and World Anti-Doping agencies.

Cookson had promised to change the way the sport was governed and create an independent anti-doping authority – with the CIRC launched in January.

“The Cycling Independent Reform Commission (CIRC) is independent of the UCI,” said Cookson.

“What I expect from them is to come forward not just with the review of the past but with some recommendations for the future, particularly who is a fit and proper person to continue to be involved in the sport of cycling.”

Formerly president of British Cycling, Cookson was keen to stress that it was important that all those involved in doping and not just the cyclists were sanctioned for their actions.

“When we had the situation with conspiracies to dope, there are more than riders involved. But that’s just one aspect of it.

“We have been looking at all our anti-doping procedures with independent review of them. We are addressing our problems professionally and appropriately and I think we will have some lessons useful for other sports as well.”

Eurosport’s new TV show Sports Leaders welcomes the sport’s biggest names in administration and politics.

After IOC president Thomas Bach, Sports Leaders will host for its second edition the new UCI president Brian Cookson Wednesday at 7.30pm on British Eurosport.

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