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Saturday 10, Nov 2012

  Cycling Probe Judge Named By Australia

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Cycling Probe Judge Named By Australia

The Australian government has named a former judge to lead an official investigation into the governing body of cycling down under in response to the Lance Armstrong doping scandal.

Minister of Sport Kate Lundy said James Wood, chairman of the New South Wales Law Reform Commission, will head the probe.

The review will be focusing on anti-doping policies, governance, and recruitment of Cycling Australia after two senior officials rendered their resignations after admitting to making the use of performance enhancing drugs during their racing careers. Australia’s top professional cycling team Orica-GreenEDGE fired its sports director and former pro racer, Matt White, after his name emerged in the United States Anti-Doping Agency’s report against the disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong; White was revealed as one of the former teammates of Armstrong who used performance enhancing drugs. In a public statement, White confessed to doping and was also dropped as an elite road-racing coach at Cycling Australia because of his involvement in the Armstrong doping scandal.

Former professional cyclist Stephen Hodge, the other cyclist, resigned from his position as vice president of Cycling Australia last month after admitting to using performance enhancing drugs while competing though he was not implicated in the Lance Armstrong cycling scandal.

Lance Armstrong, the American former professional road racing cyclist became the world’s most famous cyclist, winning the Tour de France seven consecutive times, from 1999 to 2005. After being accused by USADA and his teammates of using and promoting the use of performance enhancing drugs, the cyclist was banned for life and disqualified from all his results since August 1998 though these charges were vehemently denied by the Texan rider.

Lundy said it has become important for Cycling Australia and the thousands of competitive cyclists in Australia in the wake of the resignation of the Australian officials involved in these doping programs that we move quickly to ensure the confidence and trust of the Australian public is restored in the governing body of cycling.

A report recently published by USADA alleged that Armstrong was at the center of “a massive team doping scheme, more extensive than any previously revealed in professional sports history.” Many former professional cyclists have come forward with confessions of illegal doping since its publication. The Texan rider, Armstrong, continues to deny the allegations of doping but stopped fighting the charges against him after which he was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned for life.

The Australian review came after the the Union Cycliste Internationale, or UCI,  cycling’s world governing body, remarked that it would be establishing an external commission for looking into allegations that it turned a blind eye to the doping practices that Armstrong is alleged to have used.

Australia has produced a number of riders who have competed at the highest levels of the sport in Europe and traditionally punched above its weight in international cycling. In 2011, Cadel Evans became the first Australian to win the Tour de France and has not been implicated in any doping charges.

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Tuesday 24, Jul 2012

  Motion Filed To Dismiss Lance Armstrong Suit

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The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency filed a motion asking a judge to dismiss a federal lawsuit by @Lance Armstrong that was aimed at preventing the anti-doping agency from pursuing doping charges against him. The lawsuit by Armstrong also accused USADA’s chief executive, Travis Tygart, of waging a personal vendetta against the cyclist.

Armstrong asked the court to issue an injunction and may receive a lifetime ban from cycling and be stripped of his Tour de France victories, if found guilty.

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The motion was filed recently in Austin, Texas and cited the Ted Stevens Amateur Sports Act that gives USADA jurisdiction over athletes who compete in Olympic sports. The current case by USADA may cost the cyclist seven Tour de France titles and is based on evidence other than positive doping tests.

“The motion confirms the salient point that Mr. Armstrong has passed every drug test administered by USADA itself in its anytime, anywhere 24-7-365 program, which it swore was the most stringent testing program in the world,” Armstrong’s attorney, Robert Luskin, said.

Armstrong filed a lawsuit on July 9, which was quickly thrown out by U.S. District Court Judge Sam Sparks in Austin. The judge dismissed the 80-page complaint that was aimed at stopping USADA from pursuing its case. While throwing out the lawsuit, the judge criticized Armstrong for grandstanding and using it as a publicity stunt. “This Court is not inclined to indulge Armstrong’s desire for publicity, self-aggrandizement or vilification of Defendants, by sifting through eighty mostly unnecessary pages in search of the few kernels of factual material relevant to his claims,” Sparks wrote.

Born on September 18, 1971 as Lance Edward Gunderson, Armstrong is an American former professional road racing cyclist who won the Tour de France title a record seven consecutive times after surviving testicular cancer. The cyclist is the founder and chairman of the Lance Armstrong Foundation for cancer support. He was named the ABC Wide World of Sports Athlete of the Year in 1999 and won the Prince of Asturias Award in Sports in 2000. Lance Armstrong was named Sportsman of the Year by Sports Illustrated magazine in the year 2002 and received ESPN’s ESPY Award for Best Male Athlete in 2003. He made his appearance for competitive cycling on February 16, 2011.

Armstrong has faced persistent allegations of doping for much of the second phase of his illustrious career. He submitted to 24 unannounced drug tests in the fall of 2008 through March 2009 by various anti-doping authorities and all of these tests were negative for performance enhancing drugs. The cyclist was charged by the USADA with the consumption of illicit performance enhancing drugs based on testimonies from other cyclists and blood samples from 2009 and 2010, which were vehemently denied by the cyclist.

After his initial lawsuit was thrown out, Lance Armstrong filed a revised lawsuit against the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. Three of his former associates (Luis Garcia del Moral, a team doctor, Michele Ferrari, a consulting doctor, and Jose “Pepe” Marti, team trainer) were recently banned for life from all professional cycling activities for drug violations.

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