Independent Panel investigating Lance Armstrong decision scrapped

Concerns in the cycling world continue in the wake of Lance Armstrong's doping confessions as the Independent Commission has lost the confidence of the International Cycling Union (UCI) and the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) and will be scrapped.

Lance Armstrong Credit: Reuters

The Independent Commission was set up in November 2012 to look at a decision by the US Anti Doping Agency into Lance Armstrong and the United States Postal Service (USPS) team.

UCI President Pat McQuaid said:

“As I said last Friday, we have listened carefully to the views of WADA, USADA and cycling stakeholders and have decided that a truth and reconciliation process is the best way to examine the culture of doping in cycling in the past and to clear the air so that cycling can move forward."

The Independent Commission, was chaired by former Court of Appeal judge Sir Philip Otton, and included the UK House of Lords Peer and Paralympic Champion Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson and the Australian lawyer Malcolm Holmes QC, but the independence of the board has been called in to question.