UCI honorary President Hein Verbruggen would be asked to step down by UCI chief Cookson.
The resignation is demanded on the basic of a report that has alleged him of conspiring with Armstrong & other cyclists to conceal the doping offences.
Hein Verbruggen has been the UCI chief from 1991 to 2005 & still maintains a senior designation in the cycling governing body as one of the honorary personnel of International Olympic Committee. He has been accused of staying involved in one among the biggest hush-ups in the sporting history.
As per the reports, Cookson would soon be writing to Verbruggen regarding the latter’s resignation.
“I’m really concerned about the findings of the report & I would be soon sending a letter to him. I will personally ask him to step down from his current honorary post that has conferred on to him as he retired from his presidential days”, stated Cookson.
“It’s not that whatever he did was wrong or bad. He was one of the most crucial figures to strengthen this organization. However, the report shows that he made some decisions that time that were more focused on safeguarding reputation of this sport instead of safeguarding the very integrity of this sport. There’re some serious judgment errors & Hein must ponder over his position at present.”
In case, the honorary UCI President does not accept Cookson’s proposal, then the matter would be handled by UCI Congress.
“It was UCI Congress which bestowed on him the esteemed honor & they might reconsider it in September”, Cookson stressed.
The UCI President agrees with CIRC report that suggested that doping is still a critical issue for the contemporary professional peloton.
“Though it talks about substantial improvement regarding doping issues in cycling yet it also said that there is still space for more improvement.”