Rather than call for Mr. Pound’s head, let’s demand a counter-analysis at another accredited lab to help clear up L’Affaire Armstrong for good.
According to the official WADA statement (pg. 9) and the Vrijman report (pg. 57),“There may be appropriately stored residue still available for DNA and other further analysis.” This implied offer goes back as far as 26 September 2005, when the French minister of sport, Dominique Laurent, indicated that Mr. Armstrong could still clear his name because urine samples from the 1999 Tour de France remain available for possible re-testing.
In doing so, let’s not allow Mr. Armstrong, under guise of advancing the Olympic movement, to take revenge against the rules of fair play, the tests, and the testers.
How do we advance the Olympic spirit if we rail against the most reliable tests we have? How do we maintain a level playing field if we allow athletes to shift their doping practices to contemporaneously undetectable means such as EPO before 2000, hormones and blood doping today, or potential genetic manipulation in the future? Furthermore, where under the UCI, WADA, or Olympic charters or the UN charter for that matter are athletes or anyone else allowed to defraud the public in secret?
I think Mr. Armstrong protests too much. The UCI has already disciplined its employee most directly responsible for linking his name to his test results, and published a 130-page report that “completely exonerates” him. Yet the recriminations go on.
In response, we the people can make and enhance the rules. Nowadays, common drug and alcohol violations can lead to arrest and one or more tests under implied consent law. Refusal to take a test is admissible as evidence. Therefore, Mr. Armstrong, you say you didn’t dope, here’s your chance to prove it!