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by Mark Zalewski
November 16, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Thomas Dekker publishes book recounting Rabobank doping culture; Fewer tests by French anti-doping agency due to budget shortfalls; Ralph Denk: Bora–Hansgrohe more than team Sagan; Greg Van Avermaet has successful surgery; Degenkolb on leaving Giant-Alpecin; LottoNL-Jumbo adds to 2017 roster; Canyon Bicycles – Shimano team goes UCI Continental for 2017; Giant posts lower global sales; Floating bicycle path proposal for Chicago River; Track World Cup Apeldoorn highlights; Greg Lemond documentary; Revolution Champions League.
The French anti-doping agency AFLD has said that it will conduct fewer tests in the 2017 due to budget shortfalls. This news comes as Paris attempts to bid for the 2024 Olympic Games.
A statement issued by the agency said that its deficit of about €650,000 was to be covered by an increase in grant funding. However, the latest news is that of the €8.5 million provided by the Finance bill, only €7.8 million would be allocated.
“The AFLD has so far managed to cope despite the lack of resources. But today its capacity to ensure its public service mission is under threat,” said AFLD president Bruno Genevois. “The government and sport are faced with a choice, even though Paris is applying to host the Olympic Games in 2024. A reduction in the number of controls would severely damage the credibility of the fight against doping in France. If nothing is done, it is nevertheless inevitable in 2017.”
The AFLD statement also included a solution it has proposed to the government for multiple years that involves a .1% tax on sporting events broadcasting rights, but remains unlikely.
“This solution has indeed several merits: simple in its implementation and moderate in its effect, it would allow an autonomous and sustainable funding of the fight against doping and help to fulfill the commitment of the sports world.”
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