The UCI, cycling’s world governing body, has reached an agreement with Antidoping Switzerland, the national anti-doping body, in which the UCI will share information collected on riders under its so-called biological passport scheme.
Under the agreement, there will be a “general co-operation between the UCI and Antidoping Switzerland relating to their anti-doping programme (sharing good practices, sharing information with a view to targeting),” the UCI said.
The UCI has similar co-operation agreements in place with national anti-doping agencies in countries including the UK, Canada, Norway and the Flemish-speaking part of Belgium.
Brian Cookson, the UCI’s president, said: “I am particularly pleased by this initiative which is a sign of the UCI’s openness to an ever-increasing number of national and international anti-doping organisations. It is a strong sign that anti-doping is at the heart of our activities. It is our responsibility to work in close collaboration with the main players in the anti-doping fight to ensure that our programme is as robust and efficient as possible. I am confident that other agreements of this sort will shortly be signed with other anti-doping organisations.”
Marco Steiner, deputy director of Antidoping Switzerland, said that “the operational aspects will be set up rapidly” and that “as well as a more efficient fight against doping, the benefits for the two organisations, both from an administrative and financial point of view, will be significant.”Sportcal