Cortisone is only allowed in most sports with a therepeutic use exemption (basically it has to be prescribed by a doctor, with supporting documentation provided). There's a lot of things that are banned that theoretically make a person's life better (like certain cold medicines etc).
That's still a huge problem, though - the article I posted specifically points to a cyclist that received a 2-year punishment even after if was conceded that the amount of substance was minuscule, did not affect performance, & was likely ingested inadvertently. After reading that, I fully support Armstrong's decision not to fight. It's obviously pointless.
Between him and the other guy mentioned it doesn't seem worth it to "win" the Tour de France.
I can't understand how anyone would have a desire to advance in this sport if you are a sitting duck once you reach the top and can be stripped of your titles based soley on another's allegation. It's extremely disturbing IMO. How do you keep fans of the sport with stuff like this. I would think it would turn off many and really hurt them in the longrun.
What's surprising me is that public support is overwhelming in favor of Lance. But the media is the complete opposite. Darned near everything I read is tearing him to ribbons, calling him a cheat, a fraud, an imposter, etc. They're just not reflecting the views of the fans & general public.
We haven't seen all the evidence; how do we know it the allegations are wholly unsubstantiated? And there were a number of people prepared to testify, including former teammates; they can't all be necessarily termed bitter rivals.
I don't know that the media has been overwhelmingly against Armstrong. I've seen a number of articles that have been supportive of him, pointing out problems/issues with the authorities etc. And there are clearly issues, as evidenced in the article that AJane posted earlier, with the process.
Perhaps, but not to me. The USADA is a brick wall and you can only bang your head against it for so long before you do yourself some serious damage.
They started with the verdict they wanted and then worked backwards - skewing the facts - to make it seem like they were right all along.
So he's been formally stripped of his titles and now the insurance company who had to pay out 7.5 million in performance bonuses to him is suing to get it back. Thoughts? While I do now think he is more likely guilty than not, the whole situation is rather crappy.
I've been keeping up with the media reports but I'm waiting to see if he is going to release a statement. I find it hard to believe that he found time to run the biggest sports doping ring of all time, and I think it's suspicious that these teammates suddenly came forward just as the USADA went after Armstrong's head. Are these lesser-known, undoubtably less-wealthy/famous teammates afraid of the USADA? Or afraid of facing similar legal action? I don't know that I'd blame them if they were. I also find it suspect that they have chosen not to award the titles to the other finishers. Something just seems wrong.