WADA to assist Spanish authorities

As the fall-out between the World Anti-Doping Agency and the UCI threatens to intensify with legal a

As the fall-out between the World Anti-Doping Agency and the UCI threatens to intensify with legal a
PIC BY TDWSPORT.COM The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has announced that it is ready to comply with a request from the Spain's Superior Council for Sports (CSD) for assistance in their investigation into possible doping offences by testing products found during last week's Operacion Puerto raids in Madrid and other Spanish cities. This news comes after a series of accusations and counter-accusations flying between WADA and the International Cycling Union (UCI) following the publication at the end of last week of a report clearing Lance Armstrong of alleged doping offences at the 1999 Tour de France. In the wake of the publication of the investigation by Dutch lawyer Emile Vrijman, the UCI called on WADA to clarify if it had put pressure on the Chatenay Malabry laboratory near Paris to take steps that would have enabled the identification of athletes in subsequent research on doping samples, and thereby broken the World Anti-Doping Code. WADA chief Dick Pound has earlier condemned the 132-page report as farcical and lacking in objectivity. One of Vrijman's recommendations was that a tribunal be set up to consider possible legal and ethical wrongdoing by WADA and the Chatenay Malabry lab. WADA responded by stating it was taking legal advice on possible recourse "against the investigator and any organisation, including the UCI, that may publicly adopt its conclusions". "WADA is an independent agency, comprised of equal representatives from the sports movement and the governments, which is concerned with the integrity of sport and the health of the athletes who practice it," said Pound. "Our only interest in this matter is to determine the facts in an objective manner, whatever they may be. The Vrijman report is so lacking in professionalism and objectivity that it borders on farcical. Were the matter not so serious and the allegations it contains so irresponsible, we would be inclined to give it the complete lack of attention it deserves."
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