Previously published in Examiner on January 5, 2013
Lance Armstrong the famous cyclist is finally ready to admit that he used dope during his competitive career. The New York Times reported Armstrong has always denied ever using banned substances. Now he is ready to, “admit the charges levelled (sic) at him in the damning report compiled by the United States Anti-Doping Association which resulted in his lifetime ban from cycling and any Olympic sport and the removal of his seven Tour de France titles.”
I don’t understand how professional athletes can lie about something that obvious. Like Armstrong many of them confess in the end.
According to The Telegraph Armstrong wants to confess because he wants to get back to his professional career. He is most eager to do the triathlon. Armstrong’s lawyer Tim Herman, “denied claims that Armstrong had already sought talks with Travis Tygart, the USADA chief executive who led the pursuit of the Texan rider, and David Howman, the director of the World Anti-Doping Agency.”
I don’t understand that as well. Why would his lawyer deny the claims but not set the record straight. He said Armstrong will release it all when he publicly admits he was doping. Since the announcement is not a secret why be so secretive at this point in time?
The Lance Armstrong fiasco was sensationalized in the media of course, but I did some research and found he is not the first cyclist to be accused of taking some kind of dope.
The cycling profession has had a long history of dopers going back to the 1800s. For example, “In 1886 Arthur Linton is popularly reputed to have died after drinking a blend of cocaine, caffeine and strychnine supposedly in the Bordeaux – Paris race.” While, “Paul Duboc of France, was doped/poisoned during the Tour de France. He was the favourite (sic) but collapsed in a ditch in the Pyrenees after drinking from a spiked/poisoned bottle allegedly given by a rival team manager. He finished in second place in 1911.”
The dopers do not stop in the 1800 and 1900’s, they continue up to present day in amateur and professional cycling. For example, “police raided Cofidis hotel and took Remy Di Gregorio into custody, effectively withdrawing him from the Tour de France he was competing in at the time. This is related to a doping affair which happened in 2011 when di Gregorio was riding for Astana.”
I feel the competition is fierce and the temptation to dope is overpowering for many of the cyclists, including Lance Armstrong. These athletes must be almost super human to go through the rigorous training and competitions that they do. I am sure there are many athletes who are doping and have not been caught yet. I think the rules and regulations must be revamped to appeal to the reality of the athletes’ lives and practices.