Doping Case of Roman Kreuziger to Be Appealed

The UCI and WADA have decided to join hands in order to appeal to CAS (Court of Arbitration for Sport) in relation to the doping case of Roman Kreuziger.

Roman Kreuziger (currently with Team Tinkoff-Saxo) had been facing disciplinary proceedings because of the abnormalities that were found in his biological passport/sample in the 2011 and 2012 cycling seasons when he was a part of Astana Team. He was provisionally suspended by UCI on the 2nd of August, 2014 because of which he could not participate in the Tour of Poland and Tour de France in 2014.

Kreuziger had even appealed to CAS so that he could resume racing from the Vuelta a Espana 2014 but the CAS rejected that appeal. In the month of September, the arbitration panel of Czech Olympic Committee said that Roman Kreuziger had actually not violated any rules related to anti-doping and cleared Kreuziger of the doping charges.

UCI released a statement recently which said that after carefully considering the decision taken by the arbitration panel of Czech Olympic Committee, WADA and UCI are appealing to CAS to consider whether Kreuziger should be cleared without any sanction or not. The statement also said that this appeal is being made so that the integrity associated with the legal procedure is respected.

Brian Cookson (UCI’s president) said that all the cases related to biological passport are essential in order to uphold the integrity of the passport system introduced by UCI in the year 2008. Last month, Cookson also revealed that an independent tribunal associated with anti-doping will be established in 2015 to monitor the doping cases.

Roman Kreuziger’s doping case and data associated with his case is also going to be a part of the evaluation that the UCI’s license commission id going to undertake in relation to Astana Team and the team’s management.