The New York Times citing the recent Nature editorial, along with other writings, says "let the Games be doped":
No one denies that there are risks in taking drugs like anabolic steroids, and there is wide agreement that minors shouldn’t be allowed to take them (or other performance drugs). But the popular fear of steroid use by adults is based in large part on a few sensationalized cases, like the news articles blaming steroids for the fatal brain tumor of Lyle Alzado, the former football player.
“You’d be on firmer scientific ground blaming his brain cancer on beer drinking,” said Norman Fost, a professor of pediatrics and bioethics at the University of Wisconsin. “The claims of the common fatal or irreversible harms of anabolic steroids are without any medical foundation. There’s no reason to think the risk of injury or death is as high as the risk from simply playing sports like football or baseball.”
Donald Berry, author of the Nature piece, makes his case with the Houston Chronicle.
The CyclingNews reports the first positive for EPO at the Olympics this year is a female cyclist from Spain:
Team Spain's Maria Isabel Moreno, 27 years old of Huesca, tested positive for EPO and became the first athlete of the 2008 Olympic Games to fail a doping control, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced this morning.
Also in this edition of CyclingNews, John Fahey, head of WADA, suggests that cycling and weight lifting may be excluded from the Olympics in the future due to doping problems past and present.
The VeloNews is also on the Moreno story with an AFP piece on her EPO positive.
Rant wants to know just who is minding the anti-doping "store" as it were, and raises a couple of good points: just what is the sensitivity of WADA's testing, and where in WADA are the basic scientific standards that apply in the "real" world?
Outside All Day says Floyd Landis was at the Food Park Ride Saturday and that they offered him a "contract" which he is allegedly considering.
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November 07: Major document Release
January 08: Larry's Curb Your Anticipation
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