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The UCI and the Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation (CADF), the independent body mandated by the UCI to define and carry out the fight against doping in cycling, recently announced a partnership agreement with Antidoping Switzerland.
Under the agreement, the UCI and Antidoping Switzerland will share information collected about riders who are part of the biological passport. The agreement concerns riders in the UCI’s and Antidoping Switzerland’s respective target groups, and there will be general cooperation between the UCI and Antidoping Switzerland relating to their anti-doping program, such as information sharing with a view to targeting.
The UCI and the CADF collaborate in the same way with other national anti-doping groups, such as UKAD (United Kingdom), CCES (Canada), ADN (Norway), and NADOF (Flanders).
UCI President Brian Cookson 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 organizations. 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 program is as robust and efficient as possible. I am confident that other agreements of this sort will shortly be signed with other anti-doping organizations.”
Francesca Rossi, CADF Director, said, “I am extremely satisfied by the realization of the sharing agreement between the UCI and Antdoping Switzerland. Thanks to this agreement, the exchange of data and information will be beneficial to all three organizations. For the CADF, this means that we can enter the operational phase collaborating closely with Antidoping Switzerland.”