U.S. Anti-Doping Agency chief executive Travis Tygart says the
agency will ban Lance Armstrong from cycling for life and strip him of his
seven Tour de France titles for doping.
Armstrong on Thursday night dropped any further challenges to USADA's
allegations that he took performance-enhancing drugs to win cycling's
premier event from 1999-2005.
Armstrong says USADA doesn't have the authority to vacate his Tour
titles. However, Tygart told The Associated Press that USADA can do it.
Tygart called the Armstrong case a "heartbreaking" example of a
win-at-all costs approach to sports.
Say it isn't so lance D:
Should the USADA take his titles away, and is it okay for an athlete to use performance enhancement drugs?
~There are those people who understand hex, F the rest
They shouldn't take his titles away because drug testing competitors before the events take place is on their hands. If they didn't, it's now possible that everyone in those 7 races were doping. But if they do prove that he was, I don't see any problem with him being banned from future events.
Fun fact: if this does happen (he gave up on defending himself SOOO), then 9 of the last 15 Tour de France titles will be stained by doping. Woo yeah!
But it gets better- a good amount of runner-ups are also suspected of doping so, if they start rechececking the blood tests, they'll have to give the titles to the 5th place rider or something. It's going to be very fun.
Banning him from future events would be like banning George Bush from running for US president ever again because of the 2000 shenanigans- nobody is going to notice a damn difference with how the world was the day before.
Oh, also, more news about this: the TdF organization said that, in case the International Cycling Federation accepted the USADA charges, the 7 tours Lance won would be left vacant, as (as I already mentioned), several runner-ups were also charged with doping.