I read an article a few weeks ago that said that if the Olympic Games governing body really and truly cracked down on drugs cheats the event would not see a world record broken for many decades (if ever) and no one would watch. Which brings me to today’s breaking news about cycling legend Lance Armstrong. As sad as it was to see him stripped of his Tour de France titles, my first reaction was to feel sincerely sorry for those who came second, but unfortunately two of those riders, Jan Ullrich and Ivan Basso, have also served doping bans.
Even sadder was Armstrong’s claims he was innocent and simply decided to stop fighting the doping allegations. If he was truly innocent I would have hoped he would have fought tooth and nail to defend those charges and the integrity of his sport. I suspect his decision to withdrawal his appeal was to stop the release of evidence the US anti-doping agency USADA had against him. A very, very sad day in sport.