Doping agency welcomes drug summit in Paris

11th September 2007, Comments 0 comments

MONTREAL, Sept 10, 2007 (AFP) - The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) welcomed Monday the holding of an international summit on doping in cycling next month after this year's Tour de France was rocked by doping scandals.

MONTREAL, Sept 10, 2007 (AFP) - The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) welcomed Monday the holding of an international summit on doping in cycling next month after this year's Tour de France was rocked by doping scandals.

"WADA is willing to further assist cycling and all other sports in finding solutions to the doping issue," said WADA president Richard W. Pound in a statement.

The summit, which will be held in Paris on October 22 and 23, was organsied by the French Sports minister Roselyne Bachelot, and particpating organisations will include world cycling's governing body, the UCI, organisers of the major cycling events, a number of national cycling federations and national doping agencies.

This year's Tour de France was rocked by drugs scandals, with pre-race favourite Alexandre Vinokourov of Kazakhstan testing positive for blood doping after winning the 13th stage, Italian Cristian Moreni ejected for testing positive for testosterone and German cyclist Patrik Sinkewitz testing positive for testosterone.

Overall leader Michael Rasmussen of Denmark was thrown out after a row over missed drugs tests.

AFP

Subject: French news

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