Brian Cookson seems to be a highly spirited and active President. The newly elected UCI chief has embarked on his latest Presidential tenure with the mission of creating independent inquiry system into doping in cycling, following discussions with World Anti-Doping Committee.
Cookson was elected after the previous UCI President McQuid was somewhat ousted from the cycling governing body that almost resulted into a tiff at Florence UCI Congress election. The new UCI President has sworn to implement his pre-election promises and also assured to mend the bond between UCI & WADA along with the guarantee to incorporate revolutionary changes in the cycling governing body.
Legendary cyclist Armstrong’s doping confessions followed by a report covering it from American Anti-Doping Committee had reportedly strained the bond between WADA & USADA last year. However, Cookson managed to sit with prominent WADA personnel & the new president is on his way to form an inquiry that would explore every doping case & would investigate whether UCI was involved in any kind of cover-ups.
“We have started off the procedure of deploying our manifesto promises with the view to re-enforce our reputation & make the most regarded across the globe. I feel we are successful in coming up with a great start”, stated Cookson. “We are on with the process of establishing high-level conversations with WADA that will help us to understand on our further steps on relation to independent inquiry into UCI’ past. We are also contacting the major stakeholders in the pertinent zone, such as USADA, other varied national anti-doping agencies as well as the Sports Ministry from France.”
The new UCI President has even founded a commission with the view to enhance the scene of elite racing for women. This move on development of women cycling is a follow-up post the appointment of Tracey Gaudry as the first ever woman Vice-President for UCI.