Lance Armstrong doping campaign exposes USADA’s hypocrisy
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Lance Armstrong doping campaign exposes USADA’s hypocrisy

San Francisco : CA : USA | Aug 28, 2012 at 1:28 AM PDT
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              Disgraced cyclist Floyd Landis has admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs and accused seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong of involvement in doping, the Wall Street Journal reported. Armstrong denied the allegations Thursday. (May 20)

Lance Armstrong’s achievements are well known through-out the world. He made headlines with his multiple Tour De France wins and when he battled terminal cancer. He has been a media favorite but over the last few days his name has come up in reports that he would most probably like to distance himself from with USADA finding him guilty of doping. Armstrong has vehemently denied the allegations and remains firm in his belief.

After several years of trials and investigations, the USADA’s final verdict of finding Lance guilty was met with a lot of amazement amongst fans all over the world. Even a judge, who is part of the country’s legal system went on the record saying, “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.”

The biggest question that is raised is how a person can go on and win 7 titles without failing a single drug test and all of a sudden it is revealed that he had been taking performance enhancing drugs all this while and is proven guilty. Other athletes who took these enhancers were immediately stripped of their titles as they admitted the consumption. Notable ones like Barry Bonds, Marion Jones etc. All were sentenced very soon after achieving greatness in their respective sports.

The blatant violation of the law is clear when even senior judges refuse to intervene with the decision but make it a point to share their point of view. U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks made it clear when he said, “Turn federal judges into referees for a game in which they have no place, and about which they know little.” Along with declining to talk further on the matter, he was disturbed by USADA’s “apparent single-minded determination” to go after Armstrong and force him before CAS (Court of Arbitration for Sports).

Everyone is not sure of whether Lance did take those drugs or not. But his statement sums up what his strong supporters feel about him, “I know who won those seven Tours, my teammates know who won those seven Tours, and everyone I competed against knows who won those seven Tours.”

The matter has been discussed at several forums. His fans are shocked at the revelations, in fact some of them have also protested against the decision taken by USADA. Thousands of supporters have tweeted about this controversy and have shown their support for the much loved athlete.

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