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Wednesday 25, Mar 2015

  WADA Says Lance Armstrong ‘Too Late’ For Reduced Ban

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WADA Says Lance Armstrong ‘Too Late’ For Reduced Ban

The director general of the World Anti-Doping Agency has remarked that Lance Armstrong, the former American professional road racing cyclist who previously held seven consecutive Tour de France titles from 1999 to 2005 before being stripped of all his titles, has not done enough to get his life ban reduced.

David Howman said the latest bid for rehabilitation from Armstrong’s side is coming too late. Howman added Armstrong did not seize the he had to come forward with details of his doping past and also remarked if Lance satisfied the criteria to go forward and ask for suspension of his ban, the criteria will be carefully looked at, but so far he has not. The WADA Chief also remarked that he is not sure why Lance Armstrong has not done anything and also said that Lance certainly had plenty of opportunities, including talking to us, but he has not come forward with substantial information that might be helpful to the cycling fraternity.

Howman went on to remark that Lance should have made an appeal if he thought he had been given a harsher treatment. He added the cyclist should have sit down and explain the whole regime and what they did but he did not do it before the independent commission that was established by the UCI, he did not do it with USADA, and he has not done it with WADA.

Howman agreed with Brian Cookson, International Cycling Union President, who said plans of Lance Armstrong to ride part of the Tour de France route a day before the professional peloton this summer would be disrespectful. Howman said Cookson is the correct judge of that, and he thinks his statement reflected what was probably the position from their perspective, which is damaging and went on to add that he thinks there is probably going more attention on what he is doing than on the Tour, and that is a little bit sad.

 Armstrong was approached to join the ride by former English soccer player Geoff Thomas. The former soccer star is trying to raise $1.5 million for the fight against blood cancer.

Cookson warned Armstrong not to take part in a Tour de France charity ride in July. The International Cycling Union president said Armstrong was “completely disrespectful” to the current riders, cycling authorities, and the race and remarked he is sure Geoff Thomas means well, but frankly he thinks that is completely inappropriate.

This month, Armstrong met US Anti-Doping Agency Chief Travis Tygart in hopes to get a reduction of his ban but the cyclist is yet to get in touch with the World Anti-Doping Agency. Armstrong was banned in 2012, stripped of his seven Tour de France titles, and banned for life after systematic doping was exposed within his former teams. The cyclist decided not to appeal the decision before the Court of Arbitration for Sport and accepted that he used banned performance enhancing drugs and methods like Testosterone, Cortisone, and Blood transfusion to gain an “unfair” advantage over other cyclists.

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Thursday 19, Feb 2015

  Russian Probe Is ‘Defining Moment’ For Doping, Says Tygart

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USADA Chief Travis Tygart has remarked findings about the widespread doping in Russia could prove to be a turning point for all sports.

Tygart told a high-level doping conference in Singapore that the probe into allegations of doping in Russia is looming as the critical battle in the global fight against drugs in sport. The USADA chief remarked this investigation that WADA has undertaken into Russia is so critically important right now. Tygart added there are allegations out there that have been portrayed in the media and there are facts that back some of those allegations.

The chief of USADA also said we can argue about the credibility of those facts at this point but there are facts out there that prompted WADA’s investigation. He went on to add that’s why it’s a defining moment, if not the defining moment, where a country that’s alleged, along with its anti-doping organizations, its lab, other sport federations, of doping its athletes in order to win on the world stage.

Tygart added when there’s evidence of these types of allegations, it’s incumbent upon the overseers of the whole anti-doping program, WADA, and its role under the code, to fully vet and investigate the allegations that have been made and hold any people that have violated the rules accountable. He also remarked that ultimately is what gives confidence to clean athletes around the world who are otherwise being held to the highest standards. Tygart also said if one country is not held to that standard and they go to the (Olympic) Games and they win. He also said if that was not done the right way, and the allegations prove to be true and athletes who won in those events shouldn’t have won because they violated the rules, then they’ve got to be held accountable.

An independent commission has been established by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to investigate claims of systematic doping among Russian athletes.

A few weeks back, a German TV documentary alleged that almost 99 percent of Russian athletes are doping and using banned performance enhancing drugs. Russia has been hit with many doping scandals in the recent past with some of the big names, including three Olympic walking champions, Olga Kaniskina, Valery Borchin, Sergei Kirdyapkin, as well as the 2011 world champion Sergei Bakulin, and the 2011 World silver medalist Vladimir Kanaykin.

The Russian investigation is focused on the national race-walking training centre in Saransk where at least 20 athletes who trained there under the oversight of head coach Viktor Chegin have been banned for doping in recent years. Viktor Kolesnikov, the centre’s longtime director, was banned last year for four years for possessing substances outlawed under anti-doping rules. Kolesnikov was briefly replaced by Olympic champion Olga Kaniskina, who resigned after she became one of the five walkers banned for doping.

Russia’s Athletics Federation (VFLA) president Valentin Balakhnichev has announced his intention to step down from his job. A few days back, Valentin Maslakov announced he was resigning as head coach.

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Tuesday 14, Oct 2014

  Gatlin Hits Back At Doping Accusations

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Former Olympic 100m champion Justin Gatlin has hit back at those who doubt the legitimacy of his unbeaten season. The US sprinter, who served a four-year ban after testing positive for excessive testosterone in 2006, said his fast times are due to “hard work and dedication”.

Gatlin, the fastest 100m runner in the world this year, rubbishes recently-concluded research into doping that was conducted on mice. The sprinter insisted his recent performances are based on ‘hard work’. Gatlin has not lost a 100m or 200m race this season and set a personal best of 9.77sec in 100m.

It was indicated recently by a research conducted on mice by the University of Oslo that muscles retain the advantages provided by anabolic steroids long after the doping has stopped. Kristen Gunderson, Professor of Physiology at the University of Oslo, said he believes it is likely that effects could be lifelong or at least lasting decades in humans. Gunderson added if you exercise, or take anabolic steroids, you get more nuclei and you get bigger muscles and if you take away the steroids, you lose the muscle mass, but the nuclei remain inside the muscle fibers. Professor Gunderson added they are like temporarily closed factories, ready to start producing protein again when you start exercising again.

Gatlin insisted that there is no evidence that it has any effect on humans and remarked any other suggestion is “discrediting” his name. The US sprinter said for the few haters out there, seems like that’s what they want to do, discredit his name and label him with laboratory rats in Oslo. He went on to remark that a lot of athletes that tested positive, they never came back and ran times close to the times they ran when they were positive and added he thinks that proves hard work and dedication on his behalf.

Last week, Lord Sebastian Coe revealed he had “big problems” with Gatlin being shortlisted for the IAAF male athlete of the year. Fellow nominee Robert Harting asked to be withdrawn from consideration due to the inclusion of Gatlin. Gatlin responded by saying that he did not ask to get nominated and added his choice was to run and win races and be dominant for himself. The US sprinter also remarked his job is not to go out and lose and his job is to win and that’s what he is supposed to do, like everyone else nominated. The former Olympic 100m champion said he is sad to say that a lot of people out there feel that, ‘Once a doper, always a doper’ and remarked but that makes no sense as that means you don’t believe your system is working.

In another development, Travis Tygart, chief executive of the United States Anti-Doping Agency has remarked that athletes banned for doping offences should be handed second chances. Tygart remarked Gatlin still deserves a shot at “redemption” despite serving two doping bans. Tygart told BBC Sport if somebody commits a violation, serves a ban and comes back to the sport, part of the rule is this idea of redemption and added that there is some recent science on the effect of steroids on mice, but there is no proof yet it translates to humans.

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Sunday 30, Mar 2014

  Tygart Warns Cycling Running Out Of Time To Change Things

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Tygart Warns Cycling Running Out Of Time To Change Things

Travis Tygart, chief of the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) who exposed Lance Armstrong, has urged the world governing body of cycling to correct things at the earliest. Tygart remarked that cycling is running out of time for overhauling the sport and restoring the trust of fans in the wake of successive doping incidents.

Tygart remarked the UCI should accelerate its Cycling Independent Reform Commission if faith of everyone in the sport was to be restored. He remarked time is of the essence and we have been pounding this issue in the press, in front of the European Union, in front of the French senate, the German parliament, and that now is the time to take and fulfill the promise that the UCI leadership made to take decisive and transparent action. He also said another day can’t go by in his opinion until it is put in place in proper fashion and this process starts. Tygart, speaking at the Tackling Doping in Sport conference, said we’ve had communication with the CIRC that we are going to present this all to them because there is a whole lot of information out there that would be helpful in cleaning out the system that is there. He also remarked just because you change the top, the dirty system doesn’t necessarily change.

The USADA chief added the “honeymoon period” brought about by the election of Brian Cookson is at an end and believes that he is thinking of providing an unredacted version of the “reasoned decision” that brought down Lance Armstrong to the UCI to help the CIRC to “clean out the system”.  Tygart remarked he feels that it was not imperative that the CIRC heard from Armstrong as there’s plenty of information outside of them showing up to testify that can be useful for putting a stake in the ground and moving forward.

Tygart added everyone, including Lance Armstrong, deserves a second chance to cooperate and added he hopes Armstrong from a reputational and a rehabilitation standpoint comes in and helps clean up to the extent that his information is still valuable for that as it would absolutely be the best thing for him from a reputational stand point. Tygart added he doesn’t think it was just limited to an Armstrong story and he believes American enterprise decided to come over and capitalize financially in the United States on the Tour de France.

Brian Cookson took over UCI after replacing Pat McQuaid as president of the UCI and established the Cycling Independent Reform Commission to examine the role of the governing body in fostering a culture of doping. The three-person panel of CIRC has promised to report by the end of January next year and has promised reduced sanctions to riders and others involved in the sport, including coaches and team directors if they agree to cooperate.

Martin Gibbs, the UCI director general, said we must not pretend it’s already fixed and added that we are acutely aware we have to make a difference now in key areas with the independent commission. He also remarked we are a sport that has had an omerta about doping.

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Thursday 06, Mar 2014

  NBA Testing Questioned By USADA

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NBA Testing Questioned By USADA

U.S. Anti-Doping Agency head Travis Tygart has remarked that it is not difficult for NBA players to beat drug-testing program of the league.

Tygart added that the testing program of NBA that is built on six urine tests a year is not at all powerful to beat. In an interview, Tygart remarked he believes that the athletes are unfortunately being let down by the system and added he had said it before that players are going to do anything possible to win if there’s no chance of getting caught, and they’re overly competitive. The USADA chief said this could include using these dangerous drugs because they will give you a performance-enhancing benefit.

Tygart also went on to remark that we are hopeful at some point the athletes are supported and given the opportunity to be held to the highest standards and said they do it when they’re subjected to the Olympic testing, a year out before the Olympic Games. Travis Tygart added they’re under our jurisdiction subject to blood testing and out-of-competition, no-notice, no blackout periods for when they can’t be tested and they fully support it. He also said we’ve never had a player say they didn’t want to be part of the program because of the testing. The USADA chief advocates the World Anti-Doping Agency code for the NBA that would result in an end to the league-run testing program. Tygart said that is the inherent conflict that we see when a sport attempts to both promote and police itself and that’s why the code calls for independence.

The league’s general counsel, Rick Buchanan, defended the present testing system and remarked we think we have a program that is as good as any other in pro sports. Buchanan disagreed to the views expressed by Tygart and said we don’t think there’s any conflict where we can’t have the best, state-of-the-art program. Buchanan, who oversees the NBA’s testing, also said that NBA is working on the issues that were brought by Tygart as the weaknesses of NBA’s testing program, including the lack of blood testing for human growth hormone and biological passport testing. Buchanan remarked we need to get that done and suggested that there have been delays in the context of NBA’s ongoing search for a head, and overall questions about growth hormone testing.

Tygart also said an updated system could be achieved with new leaders within the league. He remarked hopefully with new leadership at the commissioner’s office now, hopefully the lines of communication will open up and they’ll see the benefits of putting in a program that is going to adequately protect the integrity of the game because no one wants to see a game that’s altered by an unfair advantage by one team.

Meanwhile, NBA commissioner Adam Silver, who replaced David Stern recently, said he doesn’t believe there is a high level of PED use in the league. In response to a question from bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell at the conference, Silver said he have no reason to believe the use of PEDs are widespread in the NBA. He remarked both because we test and because, No. 2, it’s not part of the culture of the NBA. Silver also said there are great journalists out there like [Gladwell], somebody would be out there and would’ve found somebody who’s willing to talk about it. We’re fortunate in the NBA that there is a cultural view that those types of drugs are not helpful to core performance.

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Monday 16, Dec 2013

  USADA Chief Slams Door Shut On Armstrong

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USADA Chief Slams Door Shut On Armstrong

Travis Tygart, the CEO of United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), has remarked that he has now closed any door of chance for Lance Armstrong cooperating with the agency and getting his life ban reduced.

Tygart, speaking at a seminar at the Ulleval Stadium in the capital of Norway, said Armstrong told him prior to Thanksgiving that he was not interested in speaking to the United States Anti-Doping Agency. The USADA chief went on to add that the banned cyclist could have done good to image of cycling if he had come all clean when he was first charged by the anti-doping agency.

Armstrong was in discussion with USADA about speaking under oath and remarked that he would be open to speak before UCI’s independent commission but does not want the United States Anti-Doping Agency to get involved.

Former US Postal Service rider, Steffen Kjærgaard, may be called as one of the witnesses called for testifying against former US Postal Service team manager Johan Bruyneel. Kjærgaard admitted to doping and was a teammate of Lance Armstrong on the 2000 and 2001 editions of the Tour de France. He also spoke at the seminar at the Ulleval Stadium.

In January this year, Lance Armstrong made an appearance on the Oprah Winfrey talk show and admitted to doping. The cyclist however refrained from admitting that he used performance enhancing drugs after his return to the sport in 2009, as claimed by USADA in its reasoned decision.

The United States Anti-Doping Agency disclosed that the USPS Team doping conspiracy was designed professionally for pressuring and grooming athletes to make use of dangerous drugs and evade detection while ensuring secrecy of superior doping practices to gain an unfair competitive advantage. USADA’s reasoned decision was supported by different categories of eyewitness, documentary, first-hand, scientific, direct and circumstantial evidence and testimonies from Armstrong’s former teammates: Frankie Andreu, Michael Barry, Tom Danielson, Tyler Hamilton, George Hincapie, Floyd Landis, Levi Leipheimer, Stephen Swart, Christian Vande Velde, Jonathan Vaughters and David Zabriskie.

Armstrong also denied before Oprah that the world governing body of cycling, the UCI, and its then President Hein Verbruggen, had helped him cover up his doping. He however claimed last month that Verbruggen had been complicit in a bogus and the backdated prescription for a saddle sore cream for covering up a positive test for a corticosteroid in the 1999 Tour de France.

Meanwhile, wife of Frankie Andreu has questioned the motives of Armstrong for his apparent contrition. Betsy Andreu remarked the disgraced cyclist is still trying to manipulate the situation to his advantage and was acting out of self-interest. She added nothing has changed with Lance and he is still desperately trying to control the narrative but the problem for him is not many are listening. Betsy also noted that Lance has a history of reaching out to people before key legal dates and said she believes that Armstrong’s episodes of reaching out to the likes of ex-pro cyclists Christophe Bassons and Filippo Simeoni are influenced by a court appointment in the whistleblower case and the arbitration hearing of Bruyneel.

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Thursday 17, Oct 2013

  Cultural Shift In Cycling Hailed By Tygart

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Cultural Shift In Cycling Hailed By Tygart

USADA chief Travis Tygart has remarked he is happy with the cultural shift in cycling in the wake of the fall of disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong from grace.

Tygart remarked there is still more to do but we are now getting awfully close to dismantling the system that allowed this to happen and added that clean athletes have more chance in cycling to be successful than they ever have. The USADA chief went on to say that ultimately it’s the riders’ culture and they have to embrace it to keep it clean and there will always be a few who try to gain an unfair advantage, but right now, the majority have an opportunity to be successful, not to have to leave the sport, but to be in a position to win without having to cheat with performance enhancing drugs, that is a significant cultural shift. Travis Tygart added clean cyclists can have renewed hope that their rights will be upheld and a culture of integrity will be embraced and the fact that the president who oversaw the sport during this dirty, corrupt period is gone — and said he thinks this is a huge victory for clean athletes.

Tygart, the chief executive of the US Anti-Doping Agency, says he believes clean cyclists now have a better chance of continuing successful careers than ever before. USADA brought down one of the most successful and powerful men in the world of cycling and provided a wide range of evidence including different categories of eyewitness, documentary, first-hand, scientific, direct and circumstantial evidence. USADA accused Armstrong and the US Postal cycling team of running the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen. The US Anti-Doping Agency revealed that USPS Team doping conspiracy was designed professionally for grooming and pressurizing cyclists to make use of dangerous drugs and evade detection. It was also designed in such a way that cyclists can ensure secrecy of the conspiracy and gain an unfair competitive advantage through superior doping practices.

The United States Anti-Doping Agency was supported by many of the former teammates of Lance Armstrong (Frankie Andreu, Michael Barry, Tom Danielson, Tyler Hamilton, George Hincapie, Floyd Landis, Levi Leipheimer, Stephen Swart, Christian Vande Velde, Jonathan Vaughters and David Zabriskie). USADA gave Armstrong the opportunity to tell the entire truth but he decided to exercise his legal right not to contest the evidence, which meant that he was banned for life and his competitive results from 1998 onwards were disqualified.

The downfall of Armstrong is attributed by many as one of the biggest reasons behind the ouster of ex-UCI president Pat McQuaid who was recently defeated by Britain’s Brian Cookson in the UCI presidential elections. It was alleged in cycling circles that McQuaid and his predecessor defended the doping practices of Lance Armstrong by hiding his positive test results and they were even accused of taking cash from the cyclist to cover up the tests, an allegation which is denied by both former UCI presidents.

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Tuesday 21, May 2013

  Armstrong Has Evidence Against UCI, Says Tygart

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Armstrong Has Evidence Against UCI, Says Tygart

Travis Tygart wants disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong to come forward with information detailing the alleged complicity of the governing body of cycling in his doping.

Speaking at a French government hearing in Paris to discuss ways to improve the fight against doping, Tygart said he had “evidence of the UCI’s involvement in this affair,” and Lance could hold the key to revealing the extent of that involvement.

Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned from elite sport for life after a damning report by the United States Anti-Doping Agency on systematic doping by Armstrong and his teams. The UCI, cycling’s governing body, has been accused of covering up suspicious samples from the cyclist and accepting financial donations from him and helping him avoid detection in doping tests.

“Armstrong led us to believe — during the course of our interaction with him — that he had evidence of their complicity in this situation, and of course we’ve developed additional information that will come out through our process, that I can’t comment on right now,” Tygart said in an interview. The USADA chief hopes Armstrong changes his mind and details what happened during his reign as the undisputed superstar of cycling.

Tygart said after speaking before the Senate that he is hopeful at some point Lance will come in and be truthful and added that he could provide a lot of information.

In a statement, the UCI said it categorically rejects allegations of collusion and said the fact is that Tygart has no evidence of any wrongdoing and has chosen to make headlines on a convenient interpretation of a conversation he had with Lance Armstrong. The UCI, in the statement, added that Tygart should establish the facts before jumping to conclusions and the governing body of cycling welcomes any assistance and clarification that Lance Armstrong may wish to give Tygart on the matter.

Tygart thinks there is still much more to come after Armstrong openly confessed to doping during an interview with Oprah Winfrey in January and said we are hopeful that (the UCI) are going to take decisive action and we’re fully prepared to participate in a meaningful process, not a setup, a self-scripted outcome. The anti-doping chief answered many questions concerning the UCI’s alleged role in covering up doping practices by Armstrong. He said the UCI was clearly aware of several (suspicious) samples returned by the cyclist in the 2001 Tour of Switzerland and 2002 Dauphine Libere race, and the six positive EPO samples from the 1999 Tour — first reported by sports daily L’Equipe in 2005 — but had failed to proceed on any of this data. He went on to add that 30 percent of samples from the 2010 Tour were not tested for the blood-booster EPO and said these holes give dirty athletes a runway to fly their planes through.

In a separate briefing, Tygart told reporters that the only decisive action they’ve made is to disband the independent commission right at the moment when the independent commission was finally taking off the blinders and undoing the handcuffs to truly act independent.

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Sunday 24, Feb 2013

  USADA Lobbied DOJ To Join Whistle-Blower Lawsuit

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USADA Lobbied DOJ To Join Whistle-Blower Lawsuit

The head of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, Travis Tygart, lobbied Attorney General Eric Holder for the Justice Department to join a whistle-blower lawsuit against Lance Armstrong. This was on the same day when the disgraced cyclist confessed in an interview to Oprah Winfrey that he used banned performance enhancing drugs.

The letter by Tygart is dated the same day on which Armstrong confessed to using performance enhancing drugs before Winfrey. Officials of USADA have been urging Armstrong to speak under oath with its investigators if he hoped to have his lifetime ban reduced but he recently refused to do so and said he will only depose before an international tribunal formed to comprehensively address pro cycling. Tim Herman, Armstrong’s longtime lawyer, remarked that Lance for several reasons will not participate in USADA’s efforts to selectively conduct American prosecutions that only demonize selected individuals while failing to address the 95 percent of the sport over which USADA has no jurisdiction.

A person familiar with discussions between the two sides said among the topics was how much protection the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency could provide Lance Armstrong in the whistle-blower case and against possible criminal action and the cyclist and his attorneys ultimately were not satisfied with USADA’s offer.

Travis Tygart wrote in the letter to Holder that USADA “uncovered one of the greatest frauds in the history of sport” but that his agency had reached the end of what it can do to punish the now-banned cyclist and other “non-sports” people involved with his teams. The USADA chief also wrote that fraud and other crimes were committed and the case involved drug trafficking, federal witness intimidation and that other federal agencies have gathered more information. He also told Holder that the Justice Department joining the case against the cyclist would be viewed favorably by the public and the media. Tygart called the doping by Lance Armstrong and the Postal Service teams a “massive economic fraud” that “absolutely dwarfs anything Landis did.”

Tygart wrote to Holder on January 14 and urged him to join the civil case and told Holder that “fraud and other crimes were committed” by Lance Armstrong and other members of his former U.S. Postal Service teams. It is not clear if the Attorney General responded, but the Justice Department has not yet announced if it will join the lawsuit filed by former Armstrong teammate Floyd Landis, who was stripped of the 2006 Tour de France title for doping. Landis has accused Lance Armstrong of committing fraud against the Postal Service that sponsored most of the teams of the now-banned Armstrong as the star rider made use of performance enhancing drugs to win the Tour de France a record seven consecutive times. The former teammate of Armstrong was also a key witness in an investigation by the United States Anti-Doping Agency last year, which exposed the doping past of the 41-year-old retired cyclist Armstrong. Landis stands to collect millions of dollars of any possible financial penalties against Armstrong from the whistle-blower suit.

According to the latest update, the Justice Department has joined a whistle-blower lawsuit against disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong. This increases the odds the cyclist may have to forfeit millions of dollars paid out by his team sponsor, the U.S. Postal Service.

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Sunday 03, Feb 2013

  UCI Assisted Armstrong To Cheat

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UCI Assisted Armstrong To Cheat

The head of the United States Anti-Doping Agency, Travis Tygart, has claimed that the director of the drug testing laboratory in Lausanne told him that he offered disgraced cycling icon Lance Armstrong and his team manager, Johan Bruyneel, with information to avoid positive tests for EPO, a blood-boosting agent.

It was revealed that the world governing body of cycling, the UCI, arranged the meeting Lance Armstrong, Bruyneel and Martial Saugy, the director of the laboratory in Switzerland. However, the UCI claims that meetings were set up as a deterrent to show riders that the cycling world body was getting tough on doping and not to show them how to beat the testers.

The name, reputation, and money of Lance went to a sudden toss down after the release of reasoned decision by USADA. It was concluded by USADA report the that Armstrong enforced “the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen”. The cyclist is the founder of the Livestrong Foundation, originally called the Lance Armstrong Foundation, but stepped down as the chairman of the Livestrong after the USADA report.

Tygart said that the meeting occurred the year after Armstrong had provided a suspect sample at the Tour of Switzerland that had been tested in Lausanne. The UCI is already amid allegations that it accepted a donation of £125,000 to cover up those test results of Lance Armstrong. Though the UCI established an independent commission to examine the charges against itself, it recently disbanded the commission saying that WADA had termed it as “useless.”

Meanwhile, the cyclist who admitted to using banned substances throughout his seven consecutive Tour de France wins, recently remarked that a truth and reconciliation commission is the only way for cycling to move on from its drug-addled past. The cyclist went on to issue a warning that doing nothing would consign the sport to stagnation and decline. Armstrong also said that no one will show up without an amnesty and said no generation of professional cyclists was exempt from doping and WADA should be taking the charge of the amnesty process and not the UCI.

Lance Armstrong also remarked that he was the victim of cycling’s doping culture and said he was made the ”fall guy” for the sport’s problems. The cyclist said he was the product of cycling’s cheating down the years and said he would be the ”first through the door” at any truth and reconciliation commission. While referring to the American authorities who have given him a deadline of February 6 to come clean about his doping past if he wants to reduce his life ban, Lance said that was a stunt by Travis to make me look self-serving.

The UCI has come under dark clouds of accusations and has been accused of turning a blind eye to doping activities of Armstrong and mass doping within the peloton. To add to its woes, WADA and USADA are not happy with it over its refusal over the creation of a truth and reconciliation commission and in particular an amnesty for drug cheats.

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