International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach yesterday met Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) President Brian Cookson and other UCI executives, and received updates on a range of efforts being made by the UCI and its stakeholders to protect the clean athletes and the integrity of the sport of cycling.
“The UCI informed me of all the measures they are taking to protect their sport from manipulation of any kind, in particular doping. And these efforts are indeed impressive. It was great to see all the stakeholders equally committed to the fight for clean athletes,” said President Bach. “We also discussed the UCI’s contributions to Olympic Agenda 2020, which will be looked at in even greater detail by Working Groups beginning next week. We are grateful for their input.”
After discussions with the Professional Cycling Council (PCC), which was meeting at the IOC headquarters in Lausanne, President Bach and IOC Director General Christophe De Kepper met UCI President Brian Cookson and Director General Martin Gibbs.
The UCI President said: “I would like to thank President Bach for an extremely positive discussion covering a range of issues around the UCI’s strategy to grow cycling globally. It was very useful to talk with him about the Olympic Agenda 2020 review and, in particular, discuss how cycling can play its role in those plans. Among other things, we believe cycling can be a big part of the IOC's sustainability and legacy work by helping bid cities transform themselves into places where cycling is a preferred way of getting around, making those cities better places to exercise, live and work.”
Last December, President Bach announced that the IOC had earmarked USD 10 million to fund new research into anti-doping, in particular new techniques for detecting prohibited substances and methods. The IOC has invited national governments represented in the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to match this amount.