I'm confused. The USADA says he was doping over the course of his career. They seem to have zero evidence of that, while Armstrong has hundreds of drug tests that ostensibly put him in the clear and show that he wasn't doping. And yet the USADA is going to assert, apparently out of thin air, that he was doping, and thus strip him of his titles.
I would think he has good grounds for a court case of some sort if the USADA really can't produce any evidence that he was doping.
If they strip Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles, who will they award the titles to instead? The #2 and #3 position riders who've already been found guilty of blood doping?
On its face, this seems grossly unfair, but Armstrong made the decision, NOT Tygart, to move forward with his life.
Good for him.
That's positively Orwellian.Tygart seems to have a total hard-on for Armstrong as evidenced by his quote: "This is a heartbreaking example of how the win-at-all-costs culture of sport, if left unchecked, will overtake fair, safe and honest competition.
It should read something like...
"This is a heartbreaking example of how the win-at-all-costs culture of authoritarianism, if left unchecked, will overtake fair, just and honest inquiry."
That sounds about right.If they strip Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles, who will they award the titles to instead? The #2 and #3 position riders who've already been found guilty of blood doping?
Ben Johnson's world-record time of 9.79 seconds - as thrilling as it was - was the beginning rather than the end of the story. Following the race, Johnson tested positive, news that generated as many - if not more - shockwaves as his fastest ever run. He was stripped of the title, with Lewis awarded the gold medal, Linford Christie the silver and Calvin Smith the bronze.
More than two decades on, the story still hadn't ended. In 1999 Lewis was named Sportsman of the Century by the IOC, and Olympian of the Century by Sports Illustrated. Yet his reputation was damaged by revelations that he [Lewis] too used performance-enhancing drugs, and tested positive prior to the Seoul Olympics.
Linky: The Dirtiest Race in History: Ben Johnson, Carl Lewis and the Olympic 100m Final Wisden Sports Writing: Amazon.co.uk: Richard Moore: Books
Wise choice I suspect.On its face, this seems grossly unfair, but Armstrong made the decision, NOT Tygart, to move forward with his life.
When faced with participating in a rigged game, best to not play at all.
As a bit of an aside my father gave me some good advice. Roughly it is...
Two guys get charged for the exact same crime.
Defendent A gets an excellent lawyer, pleads guilty, and in 2 years walks out of jail, gets a pardon 5 years later.
Defendent B gets a lawyer, sinks a boatload of money into legal fees, appeals, endures unbelievable stress, and then just goes into jail for 5 years...AFTER Defendant A is already out of jail and successfully moving on with his life.
Gotta know when to cut your losses (ie. roll over/walk away)...
Like that Kenny Rogers song, 'The Gambler.'
i don't say anything but i'm thinking real hard about it
It is a ridiculous situation. Apparently there is lots of evidence against him, team-mates who saw him doping and are willing to testify, circumstantial evidence...
but it should be up to them to present the evidence and and show that he took drugs beyond a reasonable doubt if they want to strip the titles... If you are delivering justice it's not enough to do the right thing but you also have to be seen to do the right thing...
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You saying that the USADA has them over the proverbial barrel?
As a man who has fought cancer, however, I expect he has more important things to concern himself with. Staying alive being one of them