UCI President Pat McQuaid has welcomed the recommendations set out in a summary report that has been published today following the completion of the UCI Stakeholders Consultation, âA Bright Future for Cyclingâ, earlier this year.
The report by Deloitte will be presented to the UCI Management Committee at its next meeting in Bergen, Norway, on 12 June.
The report, which is expected to lay the foundations for the future development of the sport, makes a number of key recommendations under the consultationâs four âpillarsâ of anti-doping, cycling calendar, globalisation and riders.
The report details the positive response from stakeholders to many aspects of the UCIâs performance. Stakeholders recognised the improvements made in anti-doping activities in recent years, in particular following the launch of the biological passport, which the UCI was the first International Federation to introduce and fully implement according to WADA guidelines.
Stakeholders also said that there was a very positive day-to-day working relationship between the UCI and the wider Cycling Family â and they praised the UCIâs core role in helping to present cycling as an attractive and entertaining sport.
Stakeholdersâ feedback also focused on areas of potential improvement for the UCI.
In its summary, Deloitte makes six âcrucialâ recommendations, spanning all four consultation pillars, to enable cycling to achieve its âbright futureâ:
â¢ Restore the credibility of cycling and the public perception of the sport
â¢ Decide whether to hold an independent inquiry into the Armstrong affair and whether to offer riders an âamnestyâ or reduced sanctions for coming forward to that enquiry
â¢ Develop a long-term strategic plan for cycling
â¢ Further strengthen the anti-doping culture that exists in the UCI
â¢ Improve the UCIâs relationship with WADA
â¢ Restructure the pro-cycling calendar
It also made five additional âhigh-priorityâ recommendations:
â¢ Increase the independence of the Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation (CADF)
â¢ Appoint an independent anti-doping body to sanction professional riders caught doping
â¢ Review the existing points system for pro-teams
â¢ Develop womenâs cycling
â¢ Improve communication with professional road riders
Commenting on the report, Pat McQuaid said: âOn behalf of the UCI, I would like to thank the very many people who took time to participate in this consultation. Their collective contributions to cyclingâs bright future are invaluable.â
McQuaid added: âFrom the report, it is clear that there is a great deal that the UCI is doing right. I am particularly pleased to note our stakeholdersâ recognition for the UCIâs leading role in anti-doping activities. For the past 20 years, the UCI has been the pioneer in anti-doping, at the forefront of many new technical advances â often forging ahead alone and taking all the risks associated with doing so.
âI acknowledge that there is still a lot the UCI needs to do to repair the damage caused to our sport after the Armstrong affair. We also clearly need to do a much better job communicating our anti-doping activities and reassuring the public and our stakeholders that we are indeed doing everything possible to ensure a clean sport and protect clean riders â and that the culture in the peloton has changed radically from that of years past.
âLooking ahead, developing and strengthening womenâs cycling â a process that was started at the Management Committee last year â will be a key priority for me if I am re-elected in September. I am therefore very happy to see that stakeholders also consider this to be very important.
âI will also continue to develop cycling in new countries all around the world, in particular focusing on the BRIC nations, as well as Africa.
âPro-cycling competes against every other top-level sport for entertainment and for TV air time, so a third priority for me will be to modernise both the cycling calendar, as well as the way cycling is presented to ensure the âbrighter futureâ weâre all working towards. Cycling needs to ensure that what we are delivering is what the media, as well as cyclingâs millions of fans, want.
âFinally, I am very pleased to announce that some of the recommendations made by the Stakeholder Consultation are already well underway. The UCI has been in discussions with WADA and it remains committed to commissioning an independent audit of the behaviour and practices of our organisation during the Armstrong years.
âThe UCI is also in the process of developing a long-term strategic plan for cycling and we are actively engaging stakeholders on restructuring the pro-cycling calendar. The UCI Management Committee is set to ratify proposed changes to the structure of the Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation at its meeting next month, a process which was also started last year and which will greatly strengthen CADFâs independence.â
The UCI, via the CADF, is the only international federation that has an independent dedicatedÂ foundation to run its anti-doping programme. Recently, the CADF received certification from the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO), guaranteeing the high quality of its work.
Following the reportâs presentation to the UCI Management Committee, the UCI Management Committeeâs decisions on which recommendations will be taken up will be published.
In addition, specific sections of the report will be sent separately to relevant stakeholders â and the UCI will give regular updates to stakeholders about progress in implementing the recommendations that have been agreed with the Management Committee.
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UCI Stakeholder Consultation: Executive Summary