The Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation and Anti-Doping Norway announce anti-doping measures for 2017 UCI Road World Championships
15 September 2017
Anti-Doping Norway (ADNO) and the Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation (CADF), the independent body mandated by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) to define and carry out the fight against doping in cycling, are delighted to confirm that they will closely collaborate on anti-doping controls during the 2017 UCI Road World Championships, which begin on 16 September 2017 in Bergen, Norway.
The collaboration covering the event aims to ensure efficient anti-doping controls at all the races during the 2017 UCI Road World Championships. A comprehensive approach will prevail to maximize the efficiency of the control system, – in particular through data exchange regarding the localization of the riders - as well as the sharing of information concerning the “biological passport”. Based on intelligence gathering, some samples will be kept, possibly for several years, to allow subsequent analyses with the benefit of technical progress concerning detection methods.
In addition, the ADNO, the UCI and the CADF have jointly planned an awareness campaign for clean sport during the 2017 UCI Road World Championships. With the reiteration of the initiative “#IRideClean” first launched in partnership with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in the scope of WADA’s Outreach Program in 2016 (*), ADNO will set up its booth in Bergen for everybody to show their colours for clean performance. Toby Atkins, a cyclist confronted with a proposition to dope and who instead blew the whistle on his team (**), will also be present at the booth to talk about his experience. In addition, the cyclist will be a guest speaker at the UCI Junior Conference which will be attended by all the Junior riders participating in the 2017 UCI Road World Championships.
Francesca Rossi, Director of CADF, declared: “The relationships between Anti-Doping Norway and CADF have always been excellent. I am sure that CADF can count on the support of ADNO also in this specific and very important event. Both Organizations will be present in the field. ADNO will provide CADF with a logistic support, appointing personnel who shall carry out the sample collection at the finish line and will share information gathered through Intelligence in order to implement an effective test distribution plan.”
Anders Solheim, CEO of Anti-Doping Norway, said: “We are delighted to have reached this collaboration agreement with CADF for the 2017 UCI Road World Championships in Bergen. It is important for Anti-Doping Norway to join forces with the organizers of big events in Norway, and we look forward to contribute with our expertise and experience. I believe that cooperation between an independent national anti-doping organization as Anti-Doping Norway and the CADF, set up to fight doping in cycling, is essential to provide the clean athletes with the protection they deserve.
Brian Cookson, UCI President, said: “This collaboration with Anti-Doping Norway is another example of the qualitative approach we have taken in the past four years, and I am extremely pleased with the level of cooperation that the CADF is now getting from National Anti-Doping Organisations around the world. Education is also key to our continued battle to protect clean athletes, so we will be honoured to count such a role model as Toby as one of our guests at the 2017 UCI Road World Championships in Bergen.”