Cycling has lost a prominent and highly regarded figure, Dr Marcello Faina, whose work in the sporting medical field has had a significant and positive impact on our sport.
Dr Faina, Chairman of the UCI Medical Commission, died suddenly today, aged 62.
When Dr Faina obtained his medical degree in 1976 specialising in sport medicine and pneumology, he was already working at the Italian National Olympic Committeeâs Institute of Medicine and Sport Science.
From 1980 to 1996 he was secretary of the Medical Commission of the Italian Cycling Federation and attended numerous World Championships and Olympic Games as doctor of the Italian cycling team. He was Chairman of the Italian Federationâs Health Commission from 1997 to 2005, before becoming a member of the UCI Sporting Safety and Conditions Commission in 2006.
As Chairman of the UCI Medical Commission, a position he held since 2009, Dr Fainaâs commitment and drive opened the way to a large phase of reforms including the introduction of the UCI No Needle Policy in 2011 and a complete revision of the UCI Medical Rules which will be proposed to the UCI Management Board in 2013.
âMarcello Faina was an outstanding leader in sports medicine, who was dedicated to the fight against doping and to ensuring the well-being of cyclists,â said UCI President Pat McQuaid. âThanks to his drive, advice and direction at the head of the Medical Commission, the UCI has been able to take giant steps towards ensuring a clean and healthy cycling environment.
âAlthough he is no longer with us, the benefits of his inspirational work will be felt for many years to come,â added Mr McQuaid. âOn behalf of the UCI, I extend my deepest sympathy to his family during this difficult period.â