This marks two years of posting here at TBV.
Our first post tried to separate known facts from misstatements and speculation, which we've been trying to do ever since.
Much has happened, yet many questions remain unanswered. Here's a few of the things that have come up.
- Did Landis, in fact, dope with testosterone? USADA got a CAS decision to sanction for it, but some remain unconvinced.
- Is presumption-of-doping, multiple burden-flip arbitration a reasonable system for finding the truth? Do we want the truth, or are we willing to settle for a "result"?
- Does a quasi-judicial system with a closed pool of participants that rotate from advocates of one side to arbitrators of cases from case to case have inherent conflicts of interest? (Rephrased for "snake" in comments: Is it right to have judges prosecute some cases, and prosecutors judge others? Doesn't that offer opportunities for mutual "back-scratching"?)
- Why is sports arbitration so "special" that it needs a small, closed pool to adjudicate?
- Is strict-liability for athletes and no-liability for agencies a good system for establishing trust?
- Why, really, did USADA fight so hard to keep Landis from getting a copy of a CD-ROM with the actual test data? The fear of tampering suggested in briefs was, and remains specious.
- Why did people with no institutional reason to support Landis -- Paul Scott, John Amory, Bruce Goldberger -- burn bridges at personal cost to help defend him?
- Is it -- was it -- possible to compete at the highest levels of cycling while clean, using tactics and audacity?
- Will Landis be able and want to compete professionally again at a high level?