So as of today Lance Armstrong no longer is a 7 time Tour De France champion nor will he be recognized for any of his cycling accomplishments including his Olympic Bronze Medal in the 2000 Sydney Games. The USADA (UNITED STATES ANTI-DOPING AGENCY) ruled that, “Any time we have overwhelming proof of doping, our mandate is to initiate the case through the process and see it to conclusion as was done in this case.” -USADA CEO Travis Tygart
In result of the USADA ruling against Lance Armstrong he must forfeit any cycling accomplishment he had dating back to August 1, 1998. This includes all of his Tour De France victories and even his Olympic Medal. He wll also have to pay back any money he had earned from racing as well. Now it does not stop there, Lance is also banned from being involved with any sport besides just cycling.
Now after hearing this and without having to go threw all the facts with you I can say this about Lance Armstrong. No matter what we do as athletes in this day and age there is always going to be a problem with athletes using methods that are known to be illegal or against the rules of competitive competition. The problem lies within the agencies that decide to enforce such rules and bans on training methods used and not on the athletes that are “caught” breaking the rules. If Lance had never won a single race he would have never been tested and this we would not be standing here today hearing all of this mess. I think it is unfair to think that he had some type of an advantage over other he competed against. I mean didn’t he come back from battling cancer to win a major race such as the Tour De France ? How can anyone ague the fact that he was at a disadvantage to anyone he raced anyways. Either way Lance is still a beast in my book and in NO WAY deserves to have any of his victories taken back from him.
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