A CyclingNews Special Feature focuses on a panel discussion about the legal issues of doping in sports which was held Tuesday and hosted by the sports law committee of the Chicago Bar Association. Moderated by ESPN sports writer Lester Muson, the panel consisted of Bill Bock, general counsel for USADA, Steven J. Thompson, a frequent defense counsel to athletes in drug testing cases, and Greg Lemond. The seminar, entitled "Legal and Ethical Issues of Testing for Performance Enhancing Drugs in Sport", covered many aspects of doping enforcement with discussions by the panelists coming from both the enforcement and the defense sides of the issue. Steven Thompson began by reading Christopher Campbell's dissent from the USADA vs Landis hearings and he was critical of the process under which athletes now must defend themselves against what they consider to be unfair doping charges. Greg Lemond responded:
In regards to what Thompson said about the lack of fairness inherent in the current system, Lemond disagreed. "I want fairness - I don't want a an athlete to be falsely accused," he outlined. "But within the sport of cycling I don't know of one false positive that was not, years later, that it was positive. Unlike the defense attorneys, I think the process is skewed [in favor of] the athletes. The governing bodies have to live to a higher standard than even our criminal justice system. The criminal lab's standards are so low relative to scientific labs. And circumstantial evidence still does matter."
In short, Lemond reiterated his stance on anti-doping to an audience not made-up of cycling enthusiasts, putting it this way. "I see these athletes like Floyd Landis and Tyler Hamilton - they're not bad people, but they get in a situation where the tests aren't reliable or not testing and they feel that they have to keep up and compete."
The CyclingNews' first update of the day refers back to yesterday's Michael Rasmussen news conference, and sends along more doping fall out items. Specifically, sponsors are bailing left and right over the Sinkewitz interview.
The CyclingNews Letters feature contains a couple of notes about the competence, or lack of competence, of the LNDD.
In this afternoon's CyclingNews dopinng update Anne Gripper of the UCI says it's highly likely that Michael Rasmussen will face a 2 year suspension for breaking the rule concerning the failure to disclose his whereabouts last spring. In more Rasmussen news, blood values which were released yesterday, seem suspicious to a noted doping expert.
The VeloNews provides more analysis and detail of the Michael Rasmussen news conference yesterday and suggests that Rasmussen will likely seek damages from Rabobank for illegally firing him last summer.
The VeloNews Friday Mailbag has a few mostly incredulous notes about the Kashechkin lawsuit.
The Boulder Report is full of sin and sinners today with Joe Lindsey noting the recent doping news/court proceedings. He writes at length about the Andrey Kashechkin "human rights" case's potential to impact PED testing in the sport, and perhaps on sports in general.
The Onion reports that, in response to Sylvester Stallone's conviction for illegal PED use, there is an urgent recall of all VHS and DVD copies of movies where Rocky wins a sanctioned fight.
Rant writes about Michael Rasmussen's public confession that he misled the UCI about his whereabouts last spring, but that his team knew where he was at all times. We'll see what Rabobank has to say early next week.
Go Faster Jim is very clear about disclosing his whereabouts to us, it's good to know he will not face UCI sanctions, on that issue at least. He also thinks if we want to know about the "fairness" of the anit-doping system we should ask Floyd Landis.
Better to get a Flat than to get Shot notes the doping conference held in Chicago this week and is glad Greg LeMond spoke out.