- - UCI's Independent Commission Budgeted for $3.3 Million

UCI's Independent Commission Budgeted for $3.3 Million

Cycling’s governing body, the Union Cycliste International (UCI), has set aside budget of $3.3 million ( $3 million Swiss francs) howard it’s new independent commission to oversee past "doping" controls – under the authority of a former war crimes investigator.

The UCI disclosed it’s budget on Thursday to the media.

In addition, the commission will look into the handling of Lance Armstrong, following the US Anti-Doping Agency’s investigation – that lead to him being striped of his seven Tour de France titles. 

The Aigle, Switzerland-based UCI disbanded a initial commission last year after the ruling body’s then-president Pat McQuaid called it “very expensive” for its resources. It had net income of 9.2 million Swiss francs in 2012, according to an annual report on its website.

“We still don’t really have much definition or detail on what this panel is actually going to do” but the amount the UCI has budgeted suggests that it will be thorough, Steve Maxwell, a Colorado-base management consultation who last year co-wrote a paper called “A Roadmap to Repair Pro Cycling."

Swiss state prosecutor Dick Marty will lead the new commission that is also comprised of former war crimes investigator Peter Nicholson, an Australian, and German lawyer Ulrich Haas.

The three will have access to UCI files and electronic data, according to the ruling body, which wants them to finish their work by the end of the year.

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