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UCI 國際總會會長 Pat McQuaid 對於阿姆斯壯事件聲明

 

 

近日阿姆斯壯禁藥事件在自由車界引發軒然大波, UCI 國際總會會長 Pat McQuaid 於11月7日發表聲明信給各國協會。

 

信中除宣布UCI將組成「獨立委員會」重新調查阿姆斯壯時代的相關比賽資料,更不斷的強調UCI總會反興奮劑行動的決心;Pat McQuaid並且呼籲喜好自由車運動的各界人士,希望眾人可以給予支持鼓勵,共同塑造公平公正的比賽文化,一起共創自由車未來榮景。

 

【以下為UCI會長聲明信內容及本會略譯】

 

 

Dear Presidents,

 

This has been an extremely dif ficult few weeks for the UCI, for everyone involved in the sport of cycling, and in particular for yo u, the national federations. I am very aware hat you have faced considerable pressure and many uncomfortable questions since the release of th e USADA dossier.

 

On behalf of myself, the Management Committee and the staff of the UCI and tho se who work hard for cycling all around the world, I w ould first like to send my sincere thanks to everyone who has been in touch to express their support. It has meant a lot to me and to the 100 colleagu es working in Aigle. I will respond in the coming days to all your messages individually.

 

I would also like to take this op portunity to update you on the latest developme nts and decisions we have taken in response to this crisis in our sport.

 

The UCI has listened to the world’s reaction to the Lance Armstrong affair and it has taken – and will continue to take – decisive steps in response to the concerns raised.

 

The UCI has always been a pioneer in the fight against doping. We pride ourselv es on the fact that we were the first sport to introduce a whole range of scientific measures as tool s in this fight. These include the haematocrit test, the EPO tests, the homologous blood transfusio n test and the blood passport.

 

Nevertheless, when we read in t he USADA dossier that Lance Armstrong and ot hers were able to use doping throughout their careers, we have to admit that the tests provided by the scientific community were simply not adequate to com bat the problem.

 

 

INDEPENDENT COMMISSION

 

Enormous progress has been m ade in the fight against doping, but to make s ure that the UCI and cycling can move forward wit h the confidence of all parties, we are now establishing a fully Independent Commission to look into the findings of the USADA report and make recommendations to enable the UCI to restore confide nce in the sport of cycling.

 

I am happy to inform you that John Coates, the President of the International Co uncil of Arbitration for Sport (ICAS), has agreed to r ecommend the composition and membership of the Independent Commission. He does so as the head of an independent and neutral judicial orga nisation that was not involved in any way with dope testing in the period 1997-2005.

 

The UCI will follow all Mr. Coa tes’s recommendations. The Commission will herefore have three members: the first (and its Cha ir) will be a respected senior lawyer; the second will be a forensic accountant, who will be recom mended by the Chair; and the third will be an experienced sports administrator. All three members will be independent of cycling.

 

Mr. Coates has recommended a number of senior legal figures for Chair, as well as providing names for the sports administrator member. The UCI has already begun contacting the people Mr. Coates has nominated to establish their availability. The names of the panel members will be announced as soon as the Commission is convened.

 

When appointed, the members of the Independent Commission alone will decide its final terms of reference.

 

The UCI has no fears from an Independent Commission conducting a complete review of all its activities during the Armstrong era – nor do we have any fears concerning the allegations contained in the USADA report. We will cooperate fully with the Commission, giving them every access they may require, so that they can have a complete understanding of how UCI acted during that period.

 

The UCI has made a commitment that the Commission’s final report and recommendations will be published no later than 1 June 2013 – and you can be confident that the UCI will take whatever actions are deemed necessary to put cycling back on track. We are confident that the Commission will conclude that the UCI has been one of the strongest of all sporting federations in fighting doping in sport for many years.

 

Since I became UCI President in 2005, the fight against doping has been my top priority. As I have said many times, this is a culture which has existed in our sport for decades. To banish doping from cycling, we have to change that culture. Testing on its own cannot ensure a clean sport but, with the introduction of the Athlete Passport, mandatory whereabouts information and a big increase in out-of-competition testing, we are in a far better position today than ever before.

 

We must all work to keep improving the culture in cycling through education, prevention and by being more selective when recruiting the entourage of the riders. We must continue the change from a culture of doping to a culture of anti-doping.

 

 

AN OPEN LINE

 

That work has already started with UCI’s considerable investment in education and implementation of the True Champion or Cheat program, the “no needle policy”, the ethical evaluation as part of teams’ registration and the modules in the Sports Directors training programme. These are all measures to achieve the necessary changes in the culture of our sport. You will have seen in recent media reports that Philippe Gilbert, Mark Cavendish and Bradley Wiggins have been strong voices in telling the world that today’s cycling is cleaner than ever before.

 

However, we need to do more to ensure that the UCI is as accessible as possible to those who wish to discuss issues or concerns relating to doping. That is why, during the coming weeks, the UCI will look at establishing a new open line between us – a confidential “hotline”. I know that it will take some time to build trust and confidence in this new line of communication, but I am confident that, with the best intentions from both sides, we can build that trust. And by doing so, we will accelerate the change in culture that we need in our sport.

 

 

WIDE-RANGING CONSULTATION

 

Finally, while the Independent Commission carries out its work, I feel it is also important that UCI works on restoring the credibility of our sport. I have decided that, during the first quarter of 2013, the UCI will set in motion a wide-ranging consultation exercise involving all cycling’s stakeholders to tackle issues of concern within the sport and work together to build a bright future for cycling.

 

The UCI will welcome your participation in this consultation, which will also look at how we can continue the process of globalising the sport, encourage wider participation and take measures to make the sport even more interesting for spectators.

 

This is not the first time cycling has reached a crossroads. Nor is it the first time it has had to engage in the painful process of confronting its past and beginning afresh. It will do so again with renewed vigour. Its stakeholders and fans can be assured that cycling will find a new path forward.

 

We must all work together to recover from the damage which this affair has undoubtedly done to our sport, the sport we love and cherish. This is not the time to apportion blame, but to work together.

 

This summer in London, we saw that cycling is one of the world’s most popular sports. Its future will be defined by the current generation of riders, who have proved that they can compete and win clean. In December, I will be meeting all first and second division teams to address the issues which will ensure a clean, anti-doping culture going forward.

 

Together, we can maintain cycling’s popularity and ensure its bright future.

 

Yours faithfully,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pat McQuaid

President, UCI

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致 各會長:

 

這幾周對我們來說很艱難,不論是對uci、對自由車界的每個人,尤其是對於你們,各個國家協會。我可以想像,自從美國反禁藥組織(USADA)的報告出爐後,你們所面對的許多壓力和難以回應的各種問題。

 

謹代表我自己、UCI管理委員會的所有工作人員、以及在自由車領域辛苦耕耘的人士,我首先要向表達支持的各位獻上誠摯的感謝之意。你們的支持對我和Aigle的100名同事來說意義非凡,我會在接下來幾天一一回覆你們的訊息。

 

另外,我也想利用此機會告知各位,我們對自由車運動此一危機的最新發展和決定。

 

UCI一直在聽取各界對Lance Armstrong事件的回應,並且果斷的決定要正面回應這些逐漸高升的疑慮,並會持續努力下去。

 

UCI一直都是打擊禁藥的先鋒,我們很驕傲自由車是第一個引用完整科學方式來對抗禁藥的運動項目。這些科學方式包含紅血球比容測試、EPO檢驗、異體輸血和血液測試。

 

然而,當我們從USADA得知阿姆斯壯等人竟然能夠在運動生涯中多次使用禁藥,我們必須承認,這套科學方式並不足以打擊禁藥問題。

 

獨立委員會

 

雖然在打擊禁藥方面已經有了長足的進步,但為了確保UCI和自由車運動能夠穩定各界的信心、繼續成長茁壯,我們成立了一個完全獨立的委員會,負責檢視USADA的報告並提出建議,讓UCI能夠重新找回自由車運動的信心。

 

我很開心能在此通知各位,國際體育仲裁委員會(ICAS)的會長John Coates已經同意幫忙提倡獨立委員會的組成和成員推薦。他在1997-2005年間也同樣擔任藥檢獨立和中立司法機構的負責人。

 

UCI會遵從Mr. Coates的所有建議,因此該委員會將有三個成員:第一個(也是該委員會主席)是備受尊重的資深律師、二是由主席推薦,經過法律認證的會計師、第三則是有經驗的運動管理者。這三位成員都必須獨立於自由車運動。

Mr. Coates已經推薦了幾位資深法律人做為主席候選人,也提供了幾個運動管理人的名單,UCI已經開始連絡這些由Mr. Coates提名而符合資格的人選。委員名單將會在委員會召開之後公布。

 

被聘任之後,獨立委員會的成員將會自行決定其最終的職權範圍。

 

UCI不畏懼獨立委員會重新審視阿姆斯壯時代的所有比賽,也不會害怕關於USADA報告中的任何指控。我們會完全配合委員會,提供他們所需的所有資料,以利該委員會瞭解在阿姆斯壯時期所發生的所有事情。

 

UCI承諾,獨立委員會的調查報告和建議將會在2013/6/1前公布,各位可以放心,UCI會採取一切必要行動,只要能夠把自由車運動導回正軌。我們有信心,委員會將會確定UCI多年來都是反禁藥運動組織中最強大的一個協會。

 

自2005我成為UCI會長以來,反禁藥行動就成為我的最高優先。如同我一再說明的,反禁藥在自由車運動已經實行數十年,成為了我們的文化之一。自行檢測無法保障一場公正的比賽,但有了運動員護照之後,因為有強制紀錄並增加各項比賽的檢驗,今日的我們在反禁藥的路上已經有了長足進步。

 

我們務必要透過教育、預防制度、以及更嚴謹的選手挑選致度來持續推動反禁藥的文化,我們務必要把使用禁藥的文化轉換為打擊禁藥的文化。

 

新的溝通管道

 

UCI已經開始投入大量精力在實施和教育「真冠軍或作弊者」計畫(True Champion or Cheat)、「無針計畫(no needle policy)」,以及將道德列入車隊註冊時的評估項目,並將這些模組放入運動總監(Sports Directors)的訓練課程。要成功改變自由車運動的舊有文化,以上的措施都是必須的。你們會在近期的媒體報導中發現,Philippe Gilbert, Mark Cavendish和Bradley Wiggins 都強力聲援,當今的自由車比賽是歷史上最公平公正的一段。

 

然而,我們必須更努力,以確保關心藥檢問題、以及想討論相關議題的大眾可以隨時從UCI這裡獲得資訊。這正是為什麼,在接下來的幾周,UCI將專注在建立和各協會之間的新連結-一條機密「熱線」。我知道要對這條新的溝通管道產生信任和信心,必須經過一段時間累積,但我有信心,只要我們雙方抱持著好的初衷,就能夠建立信任。藉由這個行動,我們更可以加速將自由車文化塑造成我們所期盼的樣貌。

 

全面的協商

 

最後,在獨立委員會執行他們工作的同時,UCI也要建立自由車運動的可信度。我已經決定,在2013年的第一季,UCI將會在廣大自由車相關利益者之間,推動全面協商,透過共同合作解決自由車相關作業問題,一同共創更美好的榮景。

 

UCI歡迎你參加這場協商,我們也會利用這個機會討論,如何持續推動自由車全球化、鼓勵更多人參加比賽、以及如何讓比賽變的更加精采以吸引更多觀眾。

 

這不是自由車運動的一次面臨抉擇,也不是第一次必須沉痛的面對過去並重新開始。因此,自由車運動將再一次,帶著煥然一新的精神態度,重新站起來。車界的相關利益者和粉絲們可以放心,自由車運動會找到一條嶄新的道路繼續前進。

 

我們必須團結起來,一同修補這次事件對於我們珍愛的自由車運動所造成的傷害。這不是互相指責的時刻,這是一個必須團結合作的時刻。

 

這個夏天在倫敦,我們看到自由車是世界最受歡迎的運動之一。自由車運動的未來將會由現在這一代的選手們決定,這些年輕人將會證明,他們可以公平的參與比賽並且贏得光明磊落。12月我將會與第一批和第二批的選手會面,我們將會共同討論如何讓我們更進一步,擁有一個公平公正、反禁藥的文化。

 

只要同心協力,我們可以維持自由車運動的名聲,並且一起共創美好未來。

 

謹啟

 

UCI會長  Pat McQuaid

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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