Hypocrisy Of USADA Exposed – Cliff Notes

Lance ArmstrongThe USADA officials may have been feeling proud after banning one of the greatest legends of cycling, @Lance Armstrong, but actions of the anti-doping agency have received negative comments from sport lovers and coaches across the world.

Even U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks who dismissed lawsuit of Armstrong said that the conduct of the anti-doping agency raises serious questions about its interests. The Judge said it cannot be easily determined whether the USADA is more interested in charging the cyclist to combat doping or if it is acting according to less noble motives. He went on to add that he was disturbed by “apparent single-minded determination” of the USADA to go after the cyclist and force him before CAS and also said that the deficiency of USADA’s charging document is of serious constitutional concern.

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The same can even be said of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) where American athletes have lost 58 of 60 cases and the Alberto Contador case is the best example of it. Despite the fact that the cyclist blamed clenbuterol-contaminated meat to be the reason behind the positive test and a minuscule amount of clenbuterol was found in his urine, the CAS said the substance was too small to have been performance enhancing in nature but still Contador was banned for two years while FIFA had cleared a majority of the players tested at the Under-17 World Cup in Mexico who also tested for clenbuterol and blamed the same on clenbuterol contaminated meat.

One member of the panel hearing Contador case said, “There is no reason to exonerate the athlete so the ban is two years.” The former prime minister of Spain, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, openly extended his support for the cyclist and remarked that the ruling against Contador was so irrational that it gave “sufficient reasons to open a debate about their fairness.” WADA President John Fahey, in a rant, suggested that the cyclist was given a two-year ban instead of one because Spain PM had dared to open his mouth.

In the case of Armstrong, it is bizarre to even think of an agency that is too anxious to invalidate the results of a sportsman who has tested for hundred times and came clean during all. Moreover, all performances of Armstrong were achieved in Europe and the USADA has no control over cycling.

The words of Armstrong say it all. The cyclist while dropping the case said ‘enough is enough’ for him and he does not find it good to contest a case against an agency that is so one-sided and unfair. The USADA may have shown its power to the world by banning the cyclist for life and taking all his wins and medals but the entire procedure followed by it could easily smell like malicious intents.

The cyclist may still has hopes that he would ultimately be able to retain his seven titles as governing body of cycling and race organizers wrestle with USADA over who has the authority to strip the cyclist of the wins. The UCI has already asked the USADA to explain its case against Lance Armstrong on why the cyclist should lose his seven Tour de France titles.

Hypocrisy Of USADA Exposed