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Saturday 08, Feb 2014

  Ban On Lance Armstrong May Be Reduced

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Brian Cookson, the Union Cycliste Internationale president, has remarked that the lifetime ban for doping imposed on Lance Armstrong may be reduced if the disgraced cyclist offers information that is useful in doping investigations.

In September, Cookson became the president of the world governing body of cycling (UCI) and he then established the Cycling Independent Reform Commission to examine the history of doping in professional cycling. The UCI President remarked that the terms of reference of the commission might include an agreement with the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to reduce sanctions on cyclists who come forward clean to cooperate with the inquiry. Cookson remarked there will be the possibility of a reduction in the case of Lance Armstrong if the cyclist offers information to assist any investigation but also remarked the world governing body of cycling does not have the power to make such a deal as Lance was sanctioned by USADA. Cookson said USADA has to agree to any reduction in his sanction based on the validity and strength of the information that he provided.

The Union Cycliste Internationale president added that he will not call Armstrong, who was banned for life and stripped of his seven Tour de France titles. Cookson added he would encourage everyone to tell all of the truth and added it will be better and less painful for everyone if people tell the truth and all the truth.

In another development, U.S. Anti-Doping Agency’s Travis Tygart kicked off the Triathlon Business International conference and said the Lance Armstrong doping scandal highlighted the win-at-all-costs culture that exists in almost every aspect of society. Tygart said it is this culture that not only permeates sports but that every other institution in this country and around the world is facing. He added cycling is not alone and doping exists in everything from inline roller skating to youth soccer, and at all age and sport levels. Tygart encouraged leaders in the sports world and race organizers to speak up and remarked the worst anyone can do is sit on information and not do anything.

Tygart added that the United States Anti-Doping Agency works to protect those who offer reliable information. He said the decision to move forward against a global icon and team that won seven Tours is a difficult decision and it would have been far easier if his duty to the sport is to raise revenues and have world titles remain intact but if that’s his duty as a sports leader, his duty to police himself is impossible. Tygart added that USADA became conscious of the depth and breadth of the doping culture in professional cycling after meetings with individuals to gather information in the Lance Armstrong doping case. He said the agency took quick action as it had evidence that athletes set to be on the U.S. Olympic cycling team were doping and remarked it would have been a shame if those athletes had gone to London and their doping came out and that would have tainted the entire U.S. Olympic team. The USADA CEO said that was one set of urgent facts and our other goal was to dismantle the system and we’re still heavily pursuing that goal.

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Wednesday 09, Oct 2013

  TDU Race Director Launches Defamation Lawsuit

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TDU Race Director Launches Defamation Lawsuit

Mike Turtur, the man behind Tour Down Under, has launched Supreme Court action against Australia’s multicultural broadcaster SBS over allegations that he covered up doping in professional cycling.

The Tour Down Under race director has sought unspecified damages, costs, and interest. Turtur remarked in his statement of claim that an online story titled TDU officials cover up doping positive was defamatory. He further alleged that this story suggested he practiced, participated in, or engaged in a cover-up of a positive drug test that was returned by Italian cyclist Giampaolo Caruso after his 2003 Tour Down Under stage victory. The 55-year-old Turtur also asserted that the story’s updated headline TDU officials criticized as going easy on doping positive further suggested the TDU race director did not take seriously the problem of illegal drugs in professional cycling.

Turtur also asserted that the comments of readers about the readers suggested that he was bringing shame on the image of Australia as a drug-free sporting nation and he deliberately concealed a positive drug test by a cyclist from the public. Turtur also expressed displeasure over a statement made during a television broadcast by Cycling Central co-presenter Anthony Tan.

The TDU chief remarked both the website and the program attracted a large audience of visitors and viewers, particularly having a special interest in the sport of cycling. He added the report and the published comments suggest he was corrupt and rotten to the core, practicing or participating in a code of silence about drug cheats in professional cycling, and deliberately concealing from the public a positive drug test by a cyclist.

In the past, Turtur has remarked he did not believe it was his duty to publicize Giampaolo Caruso’s positive test for Nandrolone. At that time, Turtur said he doesn’t believe it was up to the Tour Down Under to publicize the fact that Caruso returned a positive dope test after winning the Willunga Hill stage in 2003. The cyclist tested positive for a banned drug and fined $2000 and suspended for six months. His name later emerged in Operación Puerto but he was acquitted by the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Turtur while defending himself said race organizers don’t go around publicizing or advertising or making a point of any doping infringements because it’s not their job or their responsibility and the positive drug test story would have been published on the (International Cycling Union’s) UCI website that he was found to be in violation of the code and that’s how it’s dealt with.

Turtur added at that time he can’t see the point in making any other public comment in regard to anything that might happen in that area other than the process taking its natural course with the UCI and the anti-doping agencies. Turtur was criticized in the past for not backing away from his support of Lance Armstrong and he defended himself by saying he didn’t believed in anything what Tyler Hamilton and Floyd Landis said as they have no credibility whatsoever.

Meanwhile, SBS has denied the allegations and remarked the story, comments, and broadcasts are “not capable of being, and are not, defamatory.”

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Wednesday 29, Dec 2010

  Armstrong staffer testifies before grand jury

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Armstrong staffer testifies before grand juryExercise physiologist Allen Lim, a staff member for Lance Armstrong‘s Team RadioShack, testified recently before a grand jury being presented evidence of alleged doping in professional cycling.

Lim said in a statement that the appearance helped him to “set the record straight” about his attempts of preventing doping in cycling.

Longtime Armstrong friend Stephanie McIlvain was also summoned by prosecutors and her attorney told the jury panel that she had never heard Armstrong admit that he used banned substances.