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
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
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.