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Title:

Press release : Meeting of the UCI Management Committee

Date:

25.01.2008

Description:

The Management Committee of the International Cycling Union (UCI) met today for the second consecutive day in Treviso, Italy, alongside the 2008 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships.

At the meeting the UCI Management Committee approved the creation of an anti-doping foundation, which will be managed by a Foundation Board made up of members designated solely by the UCI.

This foundation will make it possible to increase the resources available to the anti-doping campaign, which has become necessary as a result of the introduction of the biological passport, among other measures. The Management Committee expressed its satisfaction at the progress being made on setting up the foundation, but invited all parties involved to respect the commitments they had undertaken.

Those who make a financial contribution to the anti-doping foundation will be represented on a contributors’ committee. The funds collected in this way will thus be used in a completely transparent manner, thanks to the powers of oversight granted to the contributors.

In accordance with Swiss law, the foundation will be supervised by the Swiss authorities.

The creation of the UCI anti-doping foundation will have no major impact on the practical or scientific aspects of the UCI’s anti-doping activities.

A Medical Commission will also be created. It will replace the Sporting Safety and Conditions Commission.

The Management Committee then decided to look into creating a body, linked to the UCI ProTour, to promote cycling. The UCI would be a majority shareholder, but it would be open to investment by teams and organisers involved in the UCI ProTour.

The primary purpose of this body will be to optimise the financial potential of the UCI ProTour by making available to all parties involved in the tour, including organisers of the races that will join in the near future, the best possible opportunities in terms of TV production and marketing services, with a view to broadening cycling’s universal appeal.

In terms of sports organisation, the B World Championships will be discontinued, in line with the wishes of the Management Committee. In future, the Olympic places allocated through this event will be assigned through the Continental Championships and the UCI Continental Circuits, which are experiencing considerable growth in terms of both the number and quality of events.

The Management Committee also approved the creation of a UCI Paracycling World Cup.

The Management Committee took the decision to combine the Elite Road World Championships with the Juniors event beginning in 2011. Following this decision, the 2010 UCI Junior Road and Track World Championships (the last in this format) were granted to Offida in Italy.

Finally, the Management Committee approved the track and cyclo-cross calendars (including the World Cups), which are available on the UCI website (www.uci.ch).

Regarding the current situation with the ASO, RCS and Unipublic events, the Management Committee noted that the French, Italian and Spanish National Federations had not yet asked for them to be registered on any of the calendars.

Consequently, and in accordance with the UCI rules, these events were deemed not to be part of the UCI international calendar.

As a result, the Management Committee has decided to invite the Presidents of the French, Italian, Spanish and Belgian Federations present at the UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships in Treviso to attend a meeting tomorrow to discuss this problem and work out a solution.

 

UCI Press Office

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