New International Cycling Union (UCI) leader Brian Cookson has contacted the planet Anti-Doping Agency to start talks more than an independent investigation into the sport’s governing body.

Cookson based his current election campaign on restoring trust in the UCI which has had
acrimonious relationships with doping regulators.

“We’ve started the job of establishing dialogue with Wada to plan how we will proceed with the independent investigation into the UCI’s past, ” said Cookson.

“We have also been making contact with other key stakeholders in this area, including Usada [United States Anti-Doping Authority], other national anti-doping companies and the French sports ministry. “

Englishman Cookson, 62, who was the previous president of British Cycling, furthermore confirmed the decision to “revoke age limit of 28 that been around for UCI women’s teams”.

Up until now most riders in a ladies team competing at a UCI event have had to be aged below 28. He also said there were programs to form a new commission for ladies cycling “to help facilitate the growth of women’s elite racing”.

Meanwhile, Cookson said the UCI had withdrawn legal action towards journalist Paul Kimmage.

In The month of january 2012, former UCI presidents Pat McQuaid, who Cookson replaced, and Hein Verbruggen initiated legal process against Kimmage, claiming they were defamed by articles in the Sunday Occasions and L’Equipe which discussed doping and the governing body.

Kimmage said: “I am very relieved, it is often a very difficult 20 months and am hope this means things have turned a corner.

“Brian Cookson has our every best wish but he could be going to need some time and space to clear up the mess.

“I do think however that Hein Verbruggen ought to be removed absolutely from any placement at the UCI. “