“..Seven years ago, Don Catlin, then head of the UCLA Olympic Analytical Laboratory and the man who, for all practical purposes, created sports drug testing in the United States -
- told me “you can get away with stuff with everybody looking right at you.”
I asked him for some examples.
He mentioned a world-famous athlete.
He did not say the athlete’s name – but you didn’t have to be a genius – or even a sports nerd – to know he meant Lance Armstrong.
Armstrong, seven-time Tour de France winner, worldwide sports celebrity and anti-cancer crusader – has just been taken down by the United States Anti-Doping Agency despite his oft-repeated protestations that he has always tested clean.
That’s almost true.
Back in 1999, Armstrong was dinged for a corticosteroid, but he produced a doctor’s prescription saying it was used for saddle sores and so he was never sanctioned.
It is true that Armstrong, one of the most drug-tested athletes ever – has passed every other test.
So how can an anti-doping agency say he cheated?..”
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