Lance Armstrong Charges
Despite the fact that a criminal case could not be made against Lance Armstrong due to a lack of evidence, the USADA – United States Anti-Doping Agency – is attempting to strip the cyclist of his titles and has banned him from currently competing in triathlons.
According to Armstrong, these are the exact same allegations that a federal grand jury in Los Angeles decided not to pursue. "Unlike many of my accusers, I have competed as an endurance athlete for 25 years with no spike in performance, passed more than 500 drug tests and never failed one," Armstrong said on his website. "That USADA ignores this fundamental distinction and charges me instead of the admitted dopers says far more about USADA, its lack of fairness and this vendetta than it does about my guilt or innocence. These are the very same charges and the same witnesses that the Justice Department chose not to pursue after a two-year investigation.”
Does the USADA indeed have a vendetta against Armstrong? Why would the agency seek to strip the accomplished titlist of the honor he worked so hard to achieve? It would seem that with a grand jury not pursing formal charges there is a solid basis to let the issue go.
The USADA’s CEO Travis Tygart, "USADA only initiates matters supported by the evidence. We do not choose whether or not we do our job based on outside pressures, intimidation or for any reason other than the evidence. All named individuals are presumed innocent until proven otherwise.”
The USADA is alleging that Armstrong and five former cycling team associates engaged in a doping conspiracy from 1998 to 2011. Riders will testify that Armstrong used EPO, blood transfusions, testosterone and masking agents, and that he distributed and administered drugs to other cyclists from 1998 to 2005.
Armstrong says that the agency trumps up charges, punishes, and adjudicates afterward.
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