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SBD Global/January 9, 2014/Leagues and Governing Bodies
Lance Armstrong To Cooperate With UCI's Independent Doping Investigation
Published January 9, 2014
MIXED MESSAGES: In London, Ben Rumsby reported Cookson set a deadline of the end of the year for the commission to complete its work and "vowed that it would be completely autonomous." The UCI announcement came as Armstrong's mixed messages over his involvement with the commission "continued after he vowed to co-operate 'openly and honestly' with it but also declared that position to be 'unchanged.'" Reacting to news that the UCI was on the brink of announcing the composition and terms of reference of a commission that will focus heavily on the Armstrong era, "the disgraced American took to Twitter to reiterate his willingness to come clean." That is despite having previously indicated his conditions for doing so would be a guarantee he would be "treated like everybody else," particularly in relation to amnesties being given in exchange for testimony. He posted on Twitter, "My position remains unchanged. I plan on cooperating openly & honestly w/ ANY UCI commission that contacts me" (TELEGRAPH, 1/8). The BBC reported Cookson added the UCI is talking to the World Anti-Doping Agency about "how best to incentivise people to cooperate" with the commission (BBC, 1/8).