Reports suggest that Lance Armstrong doping evidences are set to be revealed by USADA (video update). Meanwhile cyclist will lose 7 Tour de France titles
Lance Armstrong has said that he will not defend accusations of doping against him anymore. He said that he is fed up with baseless accusations against him and that it has taken a severe toll on him, his family and his cancer foundation.
Himself a cancer survivor, the world’s best known cyclist seems to have lost any hope of getting a favourable report on doping allegations against him. With him deciding not to appeal against anti-doping agency’s allegations of using performance enhancing drugs, he is set to lose all his international championships and a lifelong ban on him.
After studying allegations of misuse of performance enhancement drugs and testimonies from his teammates, a judge refused to dismiss the case against Lance Armstrong as he had pleaded.
But as Armstrong and his lawyers’ team said, it was highly unlikely that he and his teammates were able to bypass stringent anti-doping measures in his career without ever being detected. Armstrong has argued that how on earth any athlete can avoid being detected for drug misuse even after undergoing as many as 500 doping tests.
For months the US government’s anti-doping agency had been trying to build a case that Lance Armstrong and other team-members defrauded the US government by saying they were clean when they weren’t in order to get sponsorship money from the US Postal Service. Ant-doping officials said that they were trying to clean up the sport of cycling.
There are also reports that for more than a year US government agents have been looking into whether Armstrong was involved in an organized doping operation as a member of the team sponsored by the U.S. Postal Service from 1999 to 2004, and since August the grand jury has been hearing testimony from Armstrong’s associates and confidants. This seems to be the longest running doping trial involving the most renowned cyclist not just in the US but across the world.
Meanwhile there are people who suggest that as Armstrong has decided not to appeal against his involvement in doping, he seems to be guilty of committing the crime. Bicycling Magazine’s chief editor Peter Flax says, (Armstrong is) “choosing the least worst option…it’s a damage control move…I’m absolutely convinced that he did, but I’m also convinced that he is the victim of a witch hunt”. But to be true, it is a great loss to the sport and a sad day for the sport called cycling.