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UK Anti-Doping statement regarding the US Postal Service pro cycling team

In response to the announcement by the US Anti-Doping Agency, UKAD Chief Executive Andy Parkinson said:

“For some, I am sure that the publication of the reasoned decision is a sad day. However it is also an important one for the cycling community, the world of sport and all those who care about just competition.

“It firstly illustrates that anti-doping organisations worldwide are not afraid to pursue doping offences, no matter who is involved or what the connected charges may be.

“Equally, it demonstrates that people can and will be pursued in respect of events that have taken place several years in the past, which is important for all athletes and support persons to recognise.

“This case also emphasises the breadth of the World Anti-Doping Code in that testing is just one of the tools available to us, as we have shown in this country with our relationships with law enforcement agencies.  Anti-doping needs to evolve continually in order to counter the parallel evolution of cheating.

“Every new and current participant in sport, whatever their age or level of participation, should respect the spirit of sport and fundamentally reject the lure of performance enhancing drugs and methods. 

“Only by uncovering and exposing malpractice can we learn from the mistakes of the past and really make a positive difference for our current and the next generation of sporting champions.”

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