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Snow puts off UCI commission

A procedural hearing of the UCI independent commission will take place on Friday after being postponed due to snow.

The independent inquiry, which features 11-time Paralympic champion wheelchair racer Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson on its three-person panel, was established by cycling's world governing body in the wake of the Lance Armstrong scandal, tasked with investigating, among other things, the relationship between the American and the UCI.

There are already points of contention, notably over whether an amnesty is enforced for witnesses, something the procedural hearing will establish.

Last week the World Anti-Doping Agency, the United States Anti-Doping Agency - the organisation whose investigation led to Armstrong's downfall and subsequent admission of performance-enhancing drugs use - and pressure group Change Cycling Now withdrew from the process over the lack of an amnesty, believing it is imperative witnesses give evidence "without fear of retribution or retaliation from the UCI".

The procedural hearing will be held to determine whether such a truth and reconciliation process should be enforced, the timetable of the hearing and to consider the scope of the terms of reference, particularly those relating to the UCI and whether convicted dopers should have a future in the sport.

After WADA and USADA withdrew from the process the UCI insisted it was willing to consider an amnesty, providing that does not contravene the WADA code.

Announcing the rescheduled meeting, a statement from the UCIIC read: "Unfortunately, due to adverse weather conditions in London which have caused travel difficulties for the parties, the hearing has been postponed from Tuesday, January 22, and will now take place on Friday, January 25, at The Law Society."