League Notes: Int'l Cycling Union To Turn Over Armstrong Tests To USADA
Int'l Cycling Union (UCI) President Pat McQuaid announced Wednesday that he has accepted petitions from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency and will "soon send it all materials in his possession regarding Lance Armstrong." McQuaid said, "The UCI will send to the USADA all tests carried out on Lance Armstrong since 1999. The first elements will be sent this week. The UCA has not protected Armstrong. The UCI has a lot to do to recover its prestige and explain its performance against doping, but to this day, the group is not the same it was 10 or 15 years ago" (AFP, 6/5). ... Adamant six weeks ago that he would sue Australian Football League CEO Andrew Demetriou for defamation, sports scientist Stephen Dank "has dropped the matter after being advised his case against the AFL boss was not strong enough" (THE AGE, 6/6). ... Pakistani cricketer Fawad Ahmed "has expressed his appreciation of and loyalty to Australia after a parliamentary law amendment paved the way for the former asylum seeker's call-up to England for an Ashes trial." Changes to Australia's Citizenship Act, intended to allow elite cricketers to benefit from expedited passport applications as those in tennis and other Olympic sports do, "passed the House of Representatives without amendment" (SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 6/7).