Lance Armstrong doping campaign exposes USADA's hypocrisy

There are 6 comments on the The Washington Post story from Aug 24, 2012, titled Lance Armstrong doping campaign exposes USADA's hypocrisy. In it, The Washington Post reports that:

A federal judge wrote last week , "USADA's conduct raises serious questions about whether its real interest in charging Armstrong is to combat doping, or if it is acting according to less noble motives." You don't say.

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litesong

Lynnwood, WA

#1 Aug 24, 2012
From the article:

Anyone who thinks an athlete has a fair shot in front of CAS should review the Alberto Contador case. Contador was found to have a minuscule, insignificant amount of clenbuterol in his urine during the 2010 Tour de France. After hearing 4,000 pages of testimony and debate, CAS acknowledged that the substance was too small to have been performance-enhancing and that its ingestion was almost certainly unintentional.

Therefore he was guilty. He received a two-year ban.

CAS’s rationale?“There is no reason to exonerate the athlete so the ban is two years,” one member of the panel said.

Would you want to go before that court?

The decision was so appalling that even the Tour runner-up Andy Schleck of Luxembourg couldn’t swallow it and refused to accept the title of winner.“There is no reason to be happy now,” Schleck said.“First of all, I felt bad for Alberto. I always believed in his innocence.. .&#8 201;. I battled with Contador in that race and I lost.”
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litesong wrote:
Andy Schleck had as good a reason to denounce Cantador as anyone, after Cantador pedaled away from him after Andy's chain derailed on a mountain slope they both were battling on to defeat each other.

Yet, Schleck supported Cantador.

Truly, doping agencies are finding such miniscule levels of chemicals in blood samples, the agencies must consider & understand how such small amounts of chemistries can be in the bodies, completely by accident.

The nearly complete inability of the U.S. gov't & legal system to control drugs in society in general, is certainly causing these legalized witch hunts against athlete's, whose punishments are severe compared to their perceived crimes, than drug kingpins receive for their millions of pounds of drug trafficing.
phil

Clinton Township, MI

#2 Aug 25, 2012
since he passed all his drug tests and they are taking away his wins just shows how corrupt they are.

“bar0ckalypse n0w”

Since: Mar 10

Huntington Station, NY

#4 Aug 25, 2012
litesong wrote:
From the article:
Anyone who thinks an athlete has a fair shot in front of CAS should review the Alberto Contador case. Contador was found to have a minuscule, insignificant amount of clenbuterol in his urine during the 2010 Tour de France. After hearing 4,000 pages of testimony and debate, CAS acknowledged that the substance was too small to have been performance-enhancing and that its ingestion was almost certainly unintentional.
Therefore he was guilty. He received a two-year ban.
CAS’s rationale?“There is no reason to exonerate the athlete so the ban is two years,” one member of the panel said.
Would you want to go before that court?
The decision was so appalling that even the Tour runner-up Andy Schleck of Luxembourg couldn’t swallow it and refused to accept the title of winner.“There is no reason to be happy now,” Schleck said.“First of all, I felt bad for Alberto. I always believed in his innocence.. .&#8 201;. I battled with Contador in that race and I lost.”
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litesong wrote:
Andy Schleck had as good a reason to denounce Cantador as anyone, after Cantador pedaled away from him after Andy's chain derailed on a mountain slope they both were battling on to defeat each other.
Yet, Schleck supported Cantador.
Truly, doping agencies are finding such miniscule levels of chemicals in blood samples, the agencies must consider & understand how such small amounts of chemistries can be in the bodies, completely by accident.
The nearly complete inability of the U.S. gov't & legal system to control drugs in society in general, is certainly causing these legalized witch hunts against athlete's, whose punishments are severe compared to their perceived crimes, than drug kingpins receive for their millions of pounds of drug trafficing.
The French didn't like having the name of the race LE TOUR DE LANCE, so they finally found a way to torpedo him.

Our corrupt politicians are minor leaguers compared to the pros in Europe. You need to go to a special school in France and major in bureaucracy (french word btw) to work for the govt there.
Michalis

Thailand

#5 Aug 26, 2012
A lot of athletes never failed a drug test, yet proved to be cheaters in recent years. Test methods have improved.

As much as I respect Armstrong's effort he put into the sport, especially after battling cancer, he is a cheater, probably just like every one of his competitors during his active years, Jan Ullrich to be named as the prime example. Everybody used EPO, technically, Armstrong did not have an "unfair" advantage.

Why hunt only Armstrong and not other athletes and the respective doctors and managers? Because he is a symbol. It is certainly a witch hunt. Other people involved are not worth the effort. Armstrong is. Armstrong represents the generation of athletes that degraded the sport, making many supporters and sponsors lose interest to it.
turtle

Huddersfield, UK

#6 Aug 26, 2012
A lot of athletes never failed a drug test, yet proved to be cheaters in recent years. Test methods have improved.

As much as I respect Armstrong's effort he put into the sport, especially after battling cancer, he is a cheater, probably just like every one of his competitors during his active years, Jan Ullrich to be named as the prime example. Everybody used EPO, technically, Armstrong did not have an "unfair" advantage.

Why hunt only Armstrong and not other athletes and the respective doctors and managers? Because he is a symbol. It is certainly a witch hunt. Other people involved are not worth the effort. Armstrong is. Armstrong represents the generation of athletes that degraded the sport, making many supporters and sponsors lose interest to it.

spot on - the first sane and balanced comment on this thread.
thx Michalis
Graham

UK

#7 Aug 27, 2012
Fact professional sport is a circus its sole purpose is to entertain.

Fact if you use every tool at your disposal it wont make you a champion but it may give you an advantage?

Probs by using every tool you may encounter some unplesant side effects especially if you spend half your life in the jockey position?

Fact administraters rules oficials pen pushers etal are extremly boring people but they are essential in very small doses?

Fact allmost nobody cares what goes on behind the scenes at the circus as long as they are entertained?

Fact we don't mind someone winning once or twice but we loath serial winners?

Fact I'm bored now.

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