Lance Armstrong comeback

January 27, 2009

Doping

Although Lance’s career in cycling has been dogged by unfounded speculation surrounding his performance and the fact that he (unlike many of his contemporaries in the tour, has not tested positive for any doping offence), the recent announcement that Lance will be subject to stringent drug tests, and his samples stored for 8 years is welcome news. Hopefully these proposals should convince many of lingering doubters, assuming of course that his comeback tour is a success…

“Lance Armstrong is to commit to a bespoke anti-doping programme in which he will be tested about every three days. Dr Don Catlin, one of the world’s leading scientists in the field of anti-doping…..described it as “an extensive monitoring programme” and said that it “accomplishes my goals”. He said the agreement with Armstrong would also allow him to freeze blood and urine samples for up to eight years in order to perform new tests if they are pioneered within that time. He also promised transparency with the public.”

Source: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/more_sport/cycling/article5546488.ece; http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/more_sport/cycling/article5535501.ece; http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/more_sport/cycling/article5532474.ece

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Associate Professor in Sports Law, Staffordshire University; British Gymnastics Senior Coach

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