Doping is more than just Postal

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02/15/2013| 1 comment
by Neil Browne
If you want to go “old school” with your doping scandals dig a little deeper - back to the 80s Fotoreporter Sirotti

Doping is more than just Postal

It's 2013 and time for harsher punishments.

of four years, a second infraction is a lifetime ban. The accused rider still has the right of appeal, but they’re sitting on the curb unable to race until the case is settled. (Of course I’m still in favor sacking the top of the UCI management, namely current president Pat McQuaid and UCI Honorary President Hein Verbruggen)

Is it harsh - yes it is. On the other hand harsher is the fact that those who have doped have robbed clean athletes of victories. It’s time to fight for the rights of those clean athletes.

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I am glad someone else finally said this not so much in the past unless you consider last week in the past.....(just ask any 8 y/o kid). This is not going to go away unless HARSHER punishments are enforced. I agree that getting the guilt off is an enormous relief and people should be given a chance to clean out ones closet. As I have felt for years than break off leagues are not such a bad idea. Maybe an "Olympic" and an "enhanced or modified" leagues to let the morally challenged still perform. Once in the modified class there is no going back.... Once a cheater.....kind of idea.
This would divide racers and animosity would help keep the Olympic class from being poisoned by the junkeys and the modified class can given us the 10-15+ year studies on what those drugs do to a pro athlete. Just like American sporting, the collegiate level is where the real athletes are as would be with the Olympic class of cyclists. If Olympic class pops a positive for anything banned should result in a 5-lifetime ban. Make the modified athletes compete on harder courses and no radio.. Minimal media coverage of the events etc. Professional sport in America is flooded with all kinds of drug use and not one of them is allowed to be any kind of roll model in my house.
This is just a thought and it would never fly but something must be done. I will place my bet now that we will see at least 1 positive this season.
I will never turn my back on cycling.... Lots of guys that I will never ask for a picture or autograph but I love the sport to much to turn away and I have no problem saying to a certain sprinter with an amazing record only matched by his fit throwing, cry baby assholeness Lucky that chair you kicked didn't hit my kid or it would have been your ass.
Dreaming of a clean future and respectable athletes that I can tell my sons are good competitors and roll models...