OCBC Singapore and Colombia-Coldeportes have become the latest new members of the Movement for a Credible Cycling (MPCC), after both received provisional approval for their applications.
The final membership will be voted on at the MPCC's next general meeting, 7 February 2013.
Colombia-Coldeportes (Team Colombia in 2013) is a professional continental team backed by the Colombian Government. It took major wins at the Vuelta a Burgos and Giro del Trentino. OCBC Singapore races on the UCI Asia Tour.
They join Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies, Plussbank, Bardiani CSF Inox, BigMat Auber 93 and La Pomme Marseille in the queue for approval.
Several teams have been aligning themselves with a cleaner image in the last six months, to distance themselves in whatever way possible from the doping scandals that have plagued the sport.
The former Rabobank, now White Label team, is among the highest profile to apply for membership to the MPCC of late, while Team Type 1, and Crelan-Euphony are also being considered.
White Label's spokesman Richard Plugge said the team wanted to join to MPCC because it felt the values of both organisations were well-aligned.
"We already have our own strict anti-doping policy, internal controls and anti-doping rules which meet the rules of the MPCC," said Plugge.
"We think the MPCC, in addition to other governing bodies in cycling, can help cycling to move forward and give the sport a bright future.
The MPCC aims to set higher standards in the battle for doping in what it hopes eventually will be norms adopted across the board.
Current members must abide by the following:
- No longer allow a rider race when he has an initial positive test.
- Do not sign up a rider who has a suspension of more than six months [with the exception of whereabouts cases] for two years after the suspension.
- Don’t give corticoid injections without imposing a break from competition of eight days.
- Carry out internal procedures from the first positive case on a team.
- The team should suspend itself automatically following several positive cases in a twelve month period.
The existing 11 MPCC members are:
AG2R La Mondiale, Garmin-Sharp, Lotto-Belisol, Francaise des Jeux, Argos Shimano, Bretagne Schuller, Cofidis, Europcar, IAM, Netapp-Endura and Sojasun.