USA Cycling president and CEO Steve Johnson sent out an email to members asking them to play their part in the cleaning up the sport by contributing to the Cycling Independent Reform Commission (CIRC) in its investigation of doping and corruption in the sport.
The call to arms asked that “any USA Cycling members to come forward with any information that can assist the CIRC in its inquiry. This is your opportunity to take responsibility for our sport and help it become a sport in which we can have the utmost trust and confidence.”
The e-mail was distributed Wednesday, to assist the UCI-initiated, independent review earlier this year. The yearlong inquiry will explore doping in cycling between 1998 and 2013 and the UCI may offer reduced sanctions for those coming forward voluntarily and contributing valuable information.
It’s an interesting move that could have an impact on how athletes govern themselves with respect to fair play.
Here is the full text of the USA Cycling e-mail:
Recently, UCI President Brian Cookson announced the formation of the Cycling Independent Reform Commission (CIRC) to investigate historic doping in cycling and allegations that the UCI has been involved in previous wrongdoing. As we all know, doping is not limited to the sport of cycling, but cycling is among the most aggressive sports in developing new levels of drug testing, and the new leadership of the UCI recognizes that we, as a sport, can only prepare for a better future by learning from the past.
The CIRC is a vital part of the process to bring integrity to every level of cycling, but this important commission can only work if the cycling world wants it to. Therefore, I am appealing to any USA Cycling members to come forward with any information that can assist the CIRC in its inquiry. This is your opportunity to take responsibility for our sport and help it become a sport in which we can have the utmost trust and confidence.
Below are important links to help you learn more about the role of the CIRC as well as an email address to contact the commission with any information you may have that will aid their investigation. I strongly encourage your full cooperation for the betterment of cycling.
As always, please feel free to contact us directly with any questions you may have about this process.
CEO & President, USA Cycling
Chair, USA Cycling Board of Directors