WADA taking cautious approach on cycling amnesty
This Feb. 22, 2011 file photo shows World Anti-Doping Agency director general David Howman listening to questions during a news conference at the European Union Sports Forum in Budapest, Hungary.
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#1 Sep 14, 2012
It looks like WADA are scrambling to cover the issues created by USADA in offering endorsements to riders if they testify against Lance Armstrong which is currently against the current Code.
The next question is what timeline can they put on this as the scheduled review of the Code is around 2015 and not next week/month.
It shall be interesting if they make an exception in the Armstrong case for ALL the riders including Armstrong himself, anything less would mean a witch hunt and open all sorts of Legal issues, to pioneer the approach. There would need to be a cut off point to recommence punishments but I suspect this shall occur with the introduction of the new approved testing regimes the Scientific community have continually advised are required as the ones in place were not correct as well as not reliable.
WADA have always driven themselves into a corner by ignoring the Scientists who create the tests as well as dismissing testimony from those at the cutting edge of the testing regimes when it did not suit them. They now appear to be embracing them which tell us everything you need to know about their real agenda as opposed to their brief.
#3 Sep 16, 2012
I understand that Wang but only WADA ca agree to progress a change in Policy and if this was 6 months ago th answer would have been NO chance. A change in Policy normally takes years to implement.
Also do not read simply that UCI are the motivator, this is Sports Politics with UCI pushing into WADA that USADA are doing this and it would allow the jurisdiction to be returned more easily to them simply because USADA cannot offer an amnesty but UCI can.
Like I said WADA have a choice agree to break the rules with USADA and cripple the case for no conformity or make a hasty change in policy to save it.
USADA have unfortunately worked outside the rules and with all of tis going on in front of us its like an Iceberg we see 5/10% and the rest including with Armstrong Lawyers is being played out away from us.
It shall be very interesting to see what WADA do as their actions are not only for Cycling but EVERY Sport. Like I said way back this will open a real can of worms across World Sport.
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