AIGLE, Switzerland (AP) — The International Cycling Union has defended a decision to reduce the number of blood samples taken in 2010 because of budget cuts, saying it had "no detrimental effect" on its anti-doping program.
The UCI says it's "entirely satisfied that more than enough tests were conducted in 2010 in order to maintain a robust" fight against doping. The embattled governing body responded several days after documents were leaked to the Change Cycling Now activists group showing it had ordered fewer samples to be taken.
Minutes from a June 2010 meeting of the UCI anti-doping foundation in Birmingham, England, showed the program made a loss of 640,000 Swiss francs (now $705,000) in 2009. After that meeting, the UCI did not bring any proceedings against a rider based on blood-profiling data during the next 18 months.
The UCI says it was able to reduce testing after it "conducted more tests in 2008 and 2009" than needed.