A few of these links are getting a little long in the tooth, but the story just keeps unfolding in front of us. Another iced latte? Sure. And bring me a donut as well. This may take a few minutes.
….ettore torri, italy’s anti-doping prosecutor ain’t pulling his punches…just telling it like it is…nice…
…as someone used to say “how do ya like them apples”…
You’re damn right he ain’t pulling punches. And why should he? You’d have to believe in the god damn tooth fairy to not see the truth.
From the article:
ROME (AP)—Italy’s anti-doping prosecutor is convinced that all cyclists are doping, a belief reinforced by four years of work as one of the world leaders in the effort against drugs in sports.
“I’m not the only one saying it. Lately, all of the cyclists I’ve interrogated have said that everyone dopes,” the 78-year-old Ettore Torri told The Associated Press on Tuesday in his first interview in two years.
Torri has been at the forefront of the anti-doping fight since he took over in 2006, prosecuting Giro d’Italia champions Ivan Basso and Danilo Di Luca and other Italian standouts, such as Alessandro Petacchi and Riccardo Ricco, on behalf of the Italian Olympic Committee known as CONI.
“The longer I’m involved in this, the more I marvel at how widespread doping is,” Torri said. “And I don’t think it will be eradicated. Because it just evolves continuously. There are new substances coming out that can’t be tested for.” Id.
The take-away point:
“As long as doping is a viable economic option, it’s always going to exist,” he said. “It needs to be made so that it’s no longer worth it economically.” Id.
You can spell that “lifetime ban”? As it stands currently, the cost-benefit ratio seems to support drug use.
McQuaid responds to Torri’s doping accusations
In a statement issued to Italian media in Italian, McQuaid said Torri’s comments caused profound disappointment and dismay. But said they would not deter the UCI from fighting doping in the sport.
“At a time when cycling is paying a very high price for its determined and constant commitment in the fight against doping, the allegations by the CONI (Italian Olympic Committee) prosecutor Ettore Torri can only spark a reaction of profound disappointment and dismay in all of those who practice and who love this sport,” the statement reads.
McQuaid claimed the UCI has taken a lead in the fight against doping.
Taken a lead in the fight against doping? How ’bout pulling up your big boy pants and taking the lead on this one, chief? The status quo cannot stand. As soon as I found out L. Armstrong donated $100k… Look, the UCI must be above reproach. The men who fun the organization must be above reproach. The money must be returned and Pat McQuaid should resign. Full stop.
David Walsh weighs in on Contador case
Walsh wasn’t surprised with the UCI reaction to the news that Contador tested positive for Clenbuterol either, arguing that their stance suggested that the governing body were reluctant react.
“It’s the usual UCI. They’re totally uncomfortable with it and they want to believe that he didn’t dope because it’s damaging for the sport but that shouldn’t be a factor. What they should be saying is if this guy has been cheating we really want to sanction him,” Walsh said.
What happens to Contador now is open to debate. While the rider himself has threatened to retire if a conclusion is not swiftly reached, an element of confusion reigns over the likely outcome of his case. While he could be banned for the levels of Clenbuterol found in his body, the levels of plastics possibly found within his blood could lead to a precedent as no verified test has been legalised.
“It’s almost there though,” Walsh said. “And it’s gone far enough so that the people conducting the disciplinary can assess the weight of evidence. So they could say we can’t say it’s a positive test but that there’s a very high level of probability and this fits with our feeling of where the Clenbuterol may have come from.”
This last part hits the hardest:
“It’s terribly sad because there are some great riders out there that don’t want to dope and who are not doping. They are getting screwed. Your heart goes out to young riders who you believe in but you also think that they face a really difficult challenge in terms of ever finding out how good they are because as they climb that ladder they will meet more people who are doping and the battle becomes an unfair one.
“The one thing that really should bother right minding thinking people is that no one cares for honest men getting screwed. The journalists don’t care, the race officials don’t care, the sponsors don’t care, and sadly you have to say that the public don’t care. That’s always been the issue for me.” Id.