The CyclingNews notes the opening today of the WADA Anti-Doping Summit in Madrid, Spain where Dick Pound stated that doping is not only the greatest threat to sports that has ever existed, but also that it is a threat to public health in general:
Outgoing WADA President Dick Pound drew a connection between doping and endangered public health. "Doping is without doubt the greatest threat ethical sport has ever known and has become so pervasive that it places public health at grave risk. It is incumbent upon the Sport Movement and Governments of the world to continue to bolster efforts to battle the scourge of doping ... by approving refinements to the World Anti-Doping Code and by discussing emerging trends and strategies for continued progress.
Pound also sets his sights on Operation Puerto, and rightly wonders why he has only received information from it concerning cyclists:
"It just doesn't make sense that only cyclists are dopers," Pound, who believes the Puerto case goes beyond just cycling, to the Associated Press. "The only documents given to me are related to cyclists. That is quite different to saying that all of the documents don't include other sports."
In a PM update the CN tells us that Michael Rasmussen is suing his old team, Rabobank, and that if he is suspended for two years by the UCI his cycling life is over.
ESPN outlines the key changes that would occur within the WADA code, if approved, at the ongoing anti-doping summit in Madrid. Here are a few of the salient points:
Athletes to face a four-year suspension [up from two years] for a first doping offense in "aggravated" cases. This includes athletes involved in a larger doping scheme; using prohibited substances on multiple occasions; if the athlete enjoys the effect of the prohibited substance for a period longer than the term of ineligibility; or for impeding the investigation of an anti-doping offense.
Athletes to be considered guilty of a doping violation if they accumulate a combination of three missed tests and/or fail to provide information of their whereabouts within an 18-month period.
Athletes to get reduced bans if they admit to doping; assist officials in catching other drug cheats; lead investigators to a larger doping scheme; or prove the prohibited substance was not intended to enhance performance.
Testing time between "A" and "B" samples to be reduced; athletes to be provisionally suspended after a positive "A" sample.
WADA can appeal a sanction or non-sanction by national anti-doping organizations directly to the Court of Arbitration of Sport.
The VeloNews contains numerous "Poundisms" coming from the anti-doping summit in Madrid this week. Among the most memorable may be this comment on seeking the leadership of the CAS:
Pound said he's interested in the soon-to-be-open spot as head of the International Court of Arbitration for Sport.
"I'm available," said Pound, who is both an accountant and attorney. "Listen, it would be the first time in 30 years that the IOC has given me a job that I actually understand."
Many would unfortunately have to agree with the above.
The IHT further notes the retirement of Dick Pound and his "dirty job well dome", and makes the point that he all too often refrained restraint in favor of headline making quotes.
The Citizen.co.za quotes two legal experts in sports litigations who say that the newly proposed WADA code, in which penalties for some doping offenses would be increased, does not effect the athlete's human rights. It does not mention the proposal to eliminate the "B" sample testing procedure. The piece is accompanied by an old photo of a "drug tainted" Floyd Landis which in itself seems to illustrate what can happen to some of an accused athlete's basic human rights when rules are violated within the WADA code.
The BBC has an article by Victor Conte, the BALCO founder, on things he'd want done to clean up sport. His big thing is out-of-competition tests. There should be more worldwide of highly ranked athletes, done by WADA directly and not national federations, and two missed tests should be considered a positive.
Rant discusses the Rabobank/Rasmussen independent report issued earlier this week.
CFA talks about Dick Pound and OP, and also throws a challenge to former Landis trainer Allen Lim who now works with the Slipstream/Chipotle team. CFA snarks that Lim should obviously know more about Floyd Landis' possible doping than he had said and wants journalists to go after Lim to come clean, as it were.
Blakely says that those who think that testosterone is useless when abused in the manner Floyd Landis is alleged to have used it are just plain wrong.
Adam says "so long Dick".
Balderdash thinks one of Dick Pound's infamous quotes from the past year is "funny", many would disagree.
Science FictionTwin gives us "virtual Floyd Landis". As Gary says, it's not what you think.
WADAWatch promises more from the anti-doping summit, soon.
Did Stevil Kinevil have a close encounter with Floyd Landis, or was it Memmorex? An intriguingly confusing blog begs these and other metaphysical questions.