Armstrong won't contest doping charges
Lance Armstrong has decided not to fight the charges filed against him by the USADA
Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong has announced he will not fight the charges filed against him by the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).
American Armstrong said in a statement on his personal website that he is "finished with this nonsense" and insisted he is innocent.
"There comes a point in every man's life when he has to say, 'Enough is enough'. For me, that time is now," he said. "I have been dealing with claims that I cheated and had an unfair advantage in winning my seven Tours since 1999."
The 40-year-old has always denied claims he ever used performance-enhancing drugs during his career but USADA chief executive Travis T. Tygart has said Armstrong should face the same proceedings as any other athlete charged with doping offences.
Armstrong, who was charged in June, sought a temporary restraining order against the agency's legal action but that was dismissed in a federal court in Austin, Texas on Monday.
His statement added: "If I thought for one moment that by participating in USADA's process, I could confront these allegations in a fair setting and - once and for all - put these charges to rest, I would jump at the chance.
"But I refuse to participate in a process that is so one-sided and unfair. Regardless of what Travis Tygart says, there is zero physical evidence to support his outlandish and heinous claims."
Responding to Armstrong's statement, USADA chief executive Tygart said: "It is a sad day for all of us who love sport and our athletic heroes."
While Armstrong remains steadfast that he did not cheat, Tygart sees the case in a different light.
Tygart added in a statement released by USADA: "This is a heartbreaking example of how the win-at-all-costs culture of sport, if left unchecked, will overtake fair, safe and honest competition, but for clean athletes, it is a reassuring reminder that there is hope for future generations to compete on a level playing field without the use of performance-enhancing drugs."
Lance last won a tour in 2005 why pick on him now? This is clearly a witch hunt, next thing USADA will be stripping Greg Lemond of his victories. Lance you are a legend no matter what the officials say.
This shows one of the things that the Americans are good at, petty jealous witch hunts. To me Lance you're still a legend and I'll still tell my children and grandchildren how great you were. That's something they can't take away.
I hope for Tygart's sake he has 'clear physical' evidence rather than heresay, otherwise 'his' reputation and career should also definitely be on the line! The time to catch drug takers is whilst it is happening, rather than years afterwards which involves enormous and inflated costs of enquiries and, presumably building a case based on a framework of 'testimonies'. I would say that the sport would be more effectively served by paying more attention to stiffer controls 'whilst' it is happening rather than years later. No athlete enjoys receiving a belated medal (especially 17 years afterwards!) in the post, neither does it seem to do much good pursuing such an ancient case which presumably cleared all the tests at the time.
Let us not forget also the negative implications this can apply to the sport! Those of us who enjoy following any sport become extremely disenchanted if our heros of many years can, out of nowhere, be progressively discredited, presumably if enough tax payers money is spent relentlessly pursuing those suspected of slipping the net. Who do we (or Tygart) choose? Where do we stop?
We all agree that stopping drug taking in sport is a must, but please do it 'at the time' at far lower cost and far greater positive impact on the sport!!
Even if Tygart can prove his assertions, can we say it has been worth the money and served the sport? Does it perhaps open up the gates for a season 'cold cases' with 'a bold hero' (?) leading the charge? Please let common sense prevail and put more attention and resources into keeping up with technologies and improving controls in the sport in real time. The case smacks of a costly vendetta does it not?!
Only Lance himself knows the truth,if he is being honest he can live with that.The hardest pill to swallow is others saying otherwise if you know in your heart you haven't cheated.
But on the other hand if he has cheated,he should be ashamed of himself.
Alot of people don't realise with all these medals & achievements comes great financial wealth,so if he as cheated it's nothing short of fraud.
I'd like to believe Lance hasn't because i have suffered similar battles as he has with his health,and he was one of my main inspirations to recovery & fitness.
God Bless You Lance!..:)
have a poster of you in my office with the caption
'pain is temporary. it may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take it's place. IF I QUIT, HOWEVER, IT LAST FOREVER'
don't let the bastards drag you down...