Lance Armstrong faces sanction from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency and has been banned from triathlon competition until the resolution of the investigation. The Washington Post reported June 13 that USADA has sent the seven-time Tour de France champion and others a 15-page letter outlining the allegations that stem from his run with the U.S. Postal Service and Discovery team between 1998 and 2005, as well as his comeback in 2009-2010.
USADA alleges that Armstrong is among six individuals at the center of the investigation. Others reportedly named in the letter include RadioShack-Nissan manager Johan Bruyneel, Doctors Michele Ferrari, Pedro Celaya and Luis Garcia del Moral, and trainer Jose Pepi Marti.
This investigation appears to have some motive that is designed to punish those that are accused without actual proof of any transgression. Lance has been tested over 500 times and not once has he been tested positive.
The charges appear to be based on the investigation that was dropped by the federal prosecutor for lack of evidence. It is well known that when USADA charges an athletic they are guilty and cannot buck the system to prove their innocence even when they are innocent. So it is assumed that Lance and his support team will be found guilty of being in the cross-hairs of USADA and will lose all they have gained through the 14-year period USADA is investigating.
USADA alleged it had collected blood samples from Armstrong in 2009 and 2010 that were “fully consistent with blood manipulation including EPO use and/or blood transfusions.” If that is the case why did USADA not charge Lance when the samples were taken and tested? Yes, the USADA says that they could not investigate while the federal prosecutor was investigating. But there is apparent hope from USADA that Lance would be prosecuted and then they could take all his accomplishments away. Yet they do not have any positive tests to validate their claims until two years after the event was supposedly occurred.
History has shown that the athletes have had to spend millions of dollars to defend themselves only to understand they had not a chance against USADA charges regardless of guilt or innocence.
When you hear that these charges are a vendetta, you can believe that is exactly what is happening. USADA for some strange reason wants to claim they cleaned up a sport that had rampant drug users and prove they are capable of ruining the lives of people that have yet to be tested positive for any banned substances. This is indeed a kangaroo court and we can predict that they will do anything they can to discredit Lance Armstrong and his support staff.
Shame on you USADA. Slap your hands USADA.