It’s About Time

It was announced today that Alejandro Valverde is suing CONI.  http://www.velonews.com/article/91670/valverde-to-sue-coni-prosecutor  It’s about time cyclists started standing up for themselves.  CONI has been on a witch hunt for years of Valverde and has been trying to use illegally obtained evidence to do so. 

Now, to be clear, I am very outspoken against dopers.  See my earlier post regarding Tyler Hamilton.  It is a huge problem that needs to be rooted out. But I am also very much against tyranny by self-righteous governing bodies such as WADA, AFLD, and CONI. 

How can anybody trust the results they come up with when in so many cases, their so-called evidence is compromised. They fail to follow proper procedures that ensure the integrity of what they do.  If the testers don’t have integrity, how can we expect the athletes to have integrity?  Cyclists are the most tested athletes in the world.  Lance Armstrong has had 25 out of competition doping controls since August.  He is averaging better than one every two weeks.  And these do not count the the in competition controls.  I am all for the testing, but these guys are being abused and they need to stand up.  They also need to make sure they clean.  I just don’t know how we can trust anyone in cycling when proper procedures are not followed and the athletes have no recourse.  Lives have been irreparably harmed by a lack of consistency and accountability for testers, labs, prosecutors and licensing agencies.   And remember, I am a prosecutor myself.  And I thank God that I get to live in a country where the State has to prove their case.

Thank you Alejandro for being brave enough to take the first step.  Hopefully others will follow and both sides of cycling will come out cleaner for it.

SDG

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~ by Velosophy Esq. on May 6, 2009.

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