The Lance Armstrong doping scandal will not sink cycling as an Olympic sport.
That’s the message from IOC president Jacques Rogge, who defended the UCI’s anti-doping efforts despite the “shocking” evidence in the Armstrong case.
Rogge told the Associated Press that the UCI’s efforts over the past few years to fight doping mean cycling’s future as an Olympic sport is secure.
“It would be unfair to penalize the huge majority of clean athletes by banning UCI from the Olympic Games and we believe there are a number of ways by which cheaters can be kicked out of the sport,” Rogge said in an email. “Sadly, the sport of cycling has often been involved in high profile doping cases and necessarily the UCI has always been at the forefront of the fight against doping, being one of the first sports to introduce biological passports and also conducting a record number of tests on cyclists all year round.”