MONTREAL (AP) — The World Anti-Doping Agency says it will not participate in the inquiry investigating alleged links between cycling's governing body and Lance Armstrong.

In a statement, WADA says it has "serious concerns" about the terms of reference given to an external commission appointed by the International Cycling Union — and its "ability to carry out its role without undue influence."

WADA also believes the panel should look beyond Armstrong's doping case at what it calls "a widespread and ingrained problem."

WADA also questioned the independence of the panel, which features British judge Philip Otton, Paralympic great Tanni-Grey Thompson and Australian lawyer Malcolm Holmes.

The doping agency is also unhappy that the commission is not offering immunity for witnesses to come forward with information.

 

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