Cyclists to get doping hotline

2012-11-13 21:19
Pat McQuaid (AP)

Lausanne - A doping hotline is to be set up for cyclists who want to blow the whistle on fellow riders, the International Cycling Union (UCI) said on Tuesday.

"During the coming weeks... the UCI will be looking into establishing a new open line - a confidential ‘hotline'," said Pat McQuaid, head of the sport's world governing body in an online statement on the UCI website.

Addressing riders directly, McQuaid said more needed to be done "to ensure that the UCI is as accessible as possible, and in particular to you the riders, should you wish to discuss issues or concerns relating to doping."

It would take time to build trust in the telephone hotline, McQuaid said, adding that he was "confident that, with the best intentions from both sides, we can build that trust" and "accelerate the change in culture that we need in our sport."

The move, also announced on cycling website, follows a turbulent ride for the sport's governing body in recent months over the Lance Armstrong scandal.

Last month the UCI ratified the decision by the United States Anti-Doping Agency to strip the fallen cycling icon of his seven Tour de France titles and ban him from the sport for life.

Also last month a Swiss court found dope-tarnished American cyclist Floyd Landis guilty of defaming the UCI.

Landis had accused McQuaid and his predecessor Hein Verbruggen of concealing cases of doping and taking a bribe from Armstrong for doing so.

In the UCI announcement McQuaid also rejected complaints by some riders that the governing body had not followed up their tip-offs.

"I would like to take this opportunity to assure you that the UCI did act on information provided in the past and it will always do so in the future, within the bounds of what is legally feasible," McQuaid said.

Read more on:    uci  |  pat mcquaid  |  cycling


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk
Most Read


Rugby World Cup 2015

All the action from the 2015 RWC, including live coverage of all 48 matches, breaking news, fixtures, results, logs - and much more!


Rugby World Cup 2015

Lood leads heavy Bok assault
Hosts England crash out of RWC
Cotter takes loss on the chin
'Basic' Bok plan worked well
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...


Take a photographical trip down memory lane and remind yourself of how the Springboks fared in their five previous Rugby World Cup campaigns. In addition, pick your all-time Springbok Rugby World Cup Dream Team and you could win R3 000!

Latest blogs

Besides the 'Big 3' of rugby, cricket and soccer, which of the 'smaller' sports in South Africa do you enjoy the most?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.