Posted by Editoress on 09/17/09
With this statement, Shimano would like to make clear to all parties involved that we would like to strive for a fair and drug free sport to protect the future of cycling for next generations. Besides the bad impact to the reputation of the sport, we all know Doping and Drugs are damaging and destroying the health and image of especially young people in and outside of the sport. Therefore, we are taking a firm stand against doping in general and in the sport of cycling in particular.
Basic guidelines in Shimano's anti-doping policy:
- All our contracts and sponsorship-relations are made under the condition and in the belief that there is no doping involved in the particular team or with the individual athletes.
- If the team management of one of our sponsored teams (no matter in which cycling discipline) is involved in any doping affair, we will stop our sponsorship of this team immediately.
- If an individual rider is involved in any doping affair without the knowledge of the team management, the team will be given the chance to give a clear explanation and a future improvement & control plan to Shimano, upon that it will be decided to continue the sponsoring or not. If another doping incident occurs within the same team, we will keep the option of terminating our sponsorship contract.
- Terminating a sponsorship contract means return of all Shimano materials or other contributions that have been supplied to the concerned team immediately.
This anti-doping policy is already stated in our ongoing sponsorship contracts, but Shimano feels it is valuable to emphasize this once more to make it clear for everybody what is our opinion about the use of doping in sport. For all our future sponsorship negotiations, it is essential for us that the teams show us their anti-doping policy in advance.
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