World Anti-Doping Code no signed yet

Updated: July 29, 2004, 10:12 AM ET
Associated Pres

AIGLE, Switzerland -- The International Cycling Union has adopted its new anti-doping rules, but has yet to sign the World Anti-Doping Code that is mandatory for inclusion in the Athens Olympics.

UCI President Hein Verbruggen opposes some of the code, but had said his federation will sign before the Summer Games.

A statement from the UCI on Friday said the body took into account the code. UCI's management committee adopted its new code following two days of meetings in Salzburg, Austria.

The new anti-doping rules will come into force Aug. 13, the day the Olympics start.

The WADA code, approved by international federations and national governments last year, sets out uniform rules against performance-enhancing drugs cutting across all sports and all countries.

Sports bodies are required to adopt the code before the Athens Olympics. Governments have until the 2006 Winter Games in Turin, Italy, to enact the code in their national legislation.

Any sport or Olympic body failing to follow the rules could be thrown out of the Olympics. Any country refusing to comply could be barred from hosting the games.