Following the meeting on June 19th during which the âRidersâ commitment to a new cyclingâ was presented to the UCI ProTour teams, the UCI President Pat McQuaid today wrote to the teamsâ managers asking them to sign a document entitled âManagersâ and other team staffâs commitment to a new cyclingâ.
The text, which must be signed before 1st August, is aimed not only at managers, but also at sporting directors, doctors and all team staff members.
In signing the document, they promise never to encourage a cyclist in their team to dope himself, nor to turn a blind eye to any doping activities that occur within their team. They also undertake to set up measures to ensure that there is no doping in their team (managers) or to help put these measures into action (other staff members), and to co-operate if necessary with authorities in the fight against doping.
If the pledge is broken, staff members who have signed the declaration agree to pay an amount equal to their annual salary to the fight against doping, which will be managed by the Council for the Fight Against Doping (CFAD), an organization which includes representatives of the riders and of the teams.
As is the case with the cyclists, the names of team staff members who sign the commitment will be published on the UCI website (www.uci.ch).
In the letter sent to the teams, the UCI President also thanks the managers for their help in collecting their cyclistsâ signatures. Furthermore, he reminds them of the necessity to ensure all their team members sign the âRidersâ commitment to a new cyclingâ. Finally, he undertakes to study the proposals to improve the fight against doping put forward by the teams during the meeting on 19th June, with a view to setting up new measures.
UCI Press Service