FCI President Renato Di Rocco said no to "dopers" even after CAS ruling

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FCI President Renato Di Rocco said no to "dopers" even after CAS ruling

CAS has overruled the implementation of ‘Osaka Rule’ which states that cyclists who have faced a ban will not be allowed to participate at the Olympic Games. Italian Cycling Federation however, believes that CAS ruling will not make much of a difference. Italian team is still persistent on not choosing such riders in their International Olympic squad.

FCI (Italian Cycling Federation) is keen to hold on to its policy as Renato Di Rocco who is the current president of FCI discarded the CAS ruling. He believes that the ruling will not make any changes to their policy and strict rules against the convicted riders will sustain. He told ANSA, “We will continue not to select dopers. The blue jersey is handed out at our discretion. We will continue with our project, which has changed the credibility of cycling and has helped bring about generational change.”

Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled out few days back that International Olympic Committee is not allowed to ban such athletes and doing so is considered “invalid and unenforceable.” “Osaka Rule” came into effect in June 2008 however which has been ruled out few days ago. The rule states that players who have faced suspension for violating any anti-doping rule cannot compete at the Olympics. The rule is only implemented on the players who have faced the ban for a period of six months or more.

CAS ruling brought good news to many riders including Danilo Di Luca, Alessandro Petacchi, Ivan Basso, Michele Scarponi and Riccardo Ricco. The fate of the mentioned Italian riders however will remain unchanged after FCI discards the CAS ruling. Italian Olympics Committee (CONI) fully supported Renato’s decision. They said, “We certainly won’t be the ones to tell Di Rocco to turn back. We want to continue on our path. How can an athlete who has discredited Italian sport wear our country’s colours again?”

It will be interesting to see if other nations stick to their previous policies or include any riders in their squad for the upcoming London Olympics 2012. The decision made by Italian Cycling Federation truly reflects the strictness that Italian officials have for the doping. The “Osaka Rule” somehow was doing its bit to keep the sports clean from drugs and overruling only indicates leniency towards the use of drugs.