Friday, August 24, 2012
Here's the thing...the court dismissed Armstrong's case not because they consider him guilty, but rather that the judge doesn't see this is a court matter. The USADA does not have jurisdiction over cycling...the International Cycling Federation and USA Cycling (which is the authority recognized by the U.S. Olympic Committee, and thus the IOC) have authority here. And added to that...Lance has been tested somewhere between 500 and 600 times, in tests recognized by (and conducted by) the USADA and the ICF and USA Cycling. He has never tested positive...not once.
The USADA claims it has evidence in the form of eyewitness testimony. But they refuse to share that evidence.
I'm not saying Armstrong is innocent...or guilty. But I have to agree that the USADA seems to have a vendetta. The standard in drug testing is a positive result, not heresay. I don't condone doping in sports, but I also don't see any evidence that Armstrong did so. The USADA has some secretive statements and a TV interview by another athlete who DID test positive and was stripped of Olympic medals. It really sounds pretty specious.
That being said, Armstrong's quitting the fight here also seems suspect. If I'd won a record 7 Tour de France wins, I'd stop at nothing to keep my wins and reputation intact. I understand the toll it must take, but at the same time his records are the very pinnacle of human achievement in sport. I'd fight to the bitter end if I were innocent.
I suspect there is a truth here, buried somewhere in the muck of all this BS. I wonder if we'll ever know it?