UCI disbands Armstrong panel

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IOL pic jan28 lance armstrong Associated Press Lance Armstrong's doping confession to Oprah Winfrey has set off a storm of controversy in the cycling fraternity.

Los Angeles - Cycling's world governing body is disbanding the Independent Commission which investigated the Lance Armstrong doping scandal in favour of a “truth and reconciliation process”, the UCI said on Monday.

The UCI said the commission was being disbanded following talks with WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) president John Fahey.

“He (Fahey) confirmed WADA's willingness to help the UCI establish a Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), as well as saying that WADA had no confidence in the existing Independent Commission process,” UCI president Pat McQuaid said in a statement.

“We have listened carefully to the views of WADA, USADA and cycling stakeholders and have decided that a truth and reconciliation process is the best way to examine the culture of doping in cycling in the past and to clear the air.”

The TRC process will launch later this year with a report to be published in full.

Armstrong, seven-times Tour de France champion from 1999-2005, was found guilty of cheating his way to victory by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) in October and the American's titles were stripped by the UCI. - Reuters


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