WADA keen on doping amnesty
The World Anti-Doping Agency would consider holding a doping amnesty across all sports in the wake of the Lance Armstrong scandal.
Armstrong refused to co-operate with United States Anti-Doping Agency, who last week published a 1,000-page report which concluded the Texan and his United States Postal Service team ran "the most sophisticated, professionalised and successful doping programme that sport has ever seen".
The scale of the use of performance-enhancing drugs was revealed by the testimony of 11 of Armstrong's former team-mates, who were given six-month bans.
The prospect of an amnesty would be discussed once the USADA investigation is complete, WADA president John Fahey has said.
"I'm very interested in that suggestion. Let me say it's not up to cycling to decide on an amnesty; it is a matter that the World Anti-Doping Agency would have to decide," he told Australian Broadcasting Corporation radio.
"But do you leave it as simply cycling, or do you say, 'well look, let's have an amnesty across the board and if there is a problem in any other sport - including cycling - let everybody come clean and let's start again?'
"That suggestion is one which I am sure my board would be very interested in entertaining."
The International Cycling Union (UCI) has until October 31 to study the USADA report and determine whether it will accept the conclusions.
If the UCI rejects the findings and the punishments imposed on Armstrong - a life ban and the stripping of all his results dating back to July 1998, including the seven Tour de France wins from 1999 to 2005 - the case would likely go to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
"The whole world right now is looking to see what cycling is going to do about the problem that clearly is being demonstrated," Fahey added.