UCI set to open dop­ing hot­line

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Cy­cling's gov­ern­ing body is con­sid­er­ing open­ing a hot­line for riders wish­ing to dis­cuss dop­ing-re­lated is­sues, In­ter­na­tional Cy­cling Union (UCI) pres­i­dent Pat McQuaid has said. The UCI stripped Lance Arm­strong of his seven Tour de France ti­tles last month af­ter the United States Anti-Dop­ing Agency (USADA) said he was in­volved in the "most so­phis­ti­cated, pro­fes­sion­al­ized and suc­cess­ful dop­ing pro­gram that sport has ever seen".

Cy­cling has long bat­tled a wide­spread dop­ing prob­lem and the UCI has been crit­i­cized from sev­eral quar­ters over its ac­tions to com­bat the scourge.

"Nat­u­rally, we need to do more to en­sure that the UCI is as ac­ces­si­ble as pos­si­ble, and in par­tic­u­lar to you the riders, should you wish to dis­cuss is­sues or con­cerns re­lat­ing to dop­ing," he added. "That is why, dur­ing the com­ing weeks ... the UCI will be look­ing into es­tab­lish­ing a new open line - a confidential 'hot­line'."

The UCI has set up an in­de­pen­dent com­mis­sion to ad­dress any al­le­ga­tions of wrong­do­ing by the gov­ern­ing body dur­ing the ca­reer of Arm­strong, ar­guably the most fa­mous ex-rider in the sport's his­tory. "I know that it will take some time to build trust and con­fi­dence in this new line of com­mu­ni­ca­tion, but I am con­fi­dent that ... we can build that trust," McQuaid added.

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