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Astana Retains WorldTour License

UCI confirmed in a press release today, that Astana will keep its WorldTour license, but the Kazakhstan team will have to meet some strict conditions.

Following today’s meeting, the UCI stated that it will not seek to suspend Astana from racing, but that it has introduced ‘special measures’ by which the team must adhere throughout the rest of the season.

Although no specific details were given to explain what ‘special measures’ have been put in place, the UCI states that the team has agreed to follow the guidelines, and any deviation from the agreement, will land Astana back in suspension proceedings.

“On the initiative of the License Commission, ISSUL were asked to propose special measures which the Team will be obliged to put in place at specific times over the rest of this season,” read the UCI statement.

“The team committed to respecting all the measures recommended by ISSUL. At the end of the hearing, the License Commission announced the suspension of the proceedings.

“In the meantime, the registration for the 2015 season remains in force. However, the Team’s license is subject to strict monitoring of the conditions laid down. This monitoring will be carried out on the basis of reports transmitted by ISSUL to the License Commission.”

Two months ago, the UCI was seeking suspension of Astana’s WorldTour license, after receiving a damming report from Institute of Sport Sciences of the University of Lausanne, suggesting that the team’s policies and procedures were far from being enforced, as it related to a string of “doping” infractions. 

However, over the last few weeks, the UCI has come to lessen its stance, and instead opt for a plan of remediation. 

Press release:

4.23.15

As part of the proceedings following the request for withdrawal of the Astana Pro Team’s licence, the Licence Commission today held a hearing in the presence of representatives of Astana Pro Team, representatives of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and representatives of the Institute of Sport Sciences of the University of Lausanne (ISSUL).

On the initiative of the Licence Commission, ISSUL were asked to propose special measures which the Team will be obliged to put in place at specific times over the rest of this season.

The team committed to respecting all the measures recommended by ISSUL.

At the end of the hearing, the Licence Commission announced the suspension of the proceedings.

In the meantime, the registration for the 2015 season remains in force. However, the Team’s licence is subject to strict monitoring of the conditions laid down. This monitoring will be carried out on the basis of reports transmitted by ISSUL to the Licence Commission.

The Licence Commission shall be able to re-open the proceedings if Astana Pro Team fails to respect one or several of the conditions imposed, or if new elements arise.

The full reasoned decision will be published in due course.

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