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By VeloNews Interactive
At a meeting in Salzburg, Austria, Friday the management committee of the UCI gave final approval to an agreement committing the organization to sign anti-doping protocols created by the World Anti-doping Authority nearly four years ago.
On the eve of the 2004 Olympics in Athens, the UCI becomes the last international governing body to sign the rules. The committee’s failure to sign would have prevented cycling events from taking place in Athens this year.
UCI president Hein Verbruggen has expressed concern on several occasions that cycling would be treated unequally because of its reputation as a sport rife with doping problems. Verbruggen has repeatedly pointed to the fact that other sports, too, have been shown to be saddled with similar problems, although cycling has a longer history of testing and enforcement.
The new rules come into effect on August 13, just before the start of the Athens Games.