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Last night before I went to bed, a report came across the newswires that former seven-time Tour De France champion Lance Armstrong would not only be stripped of his titles, but that he wouldn’t contest it.
Apparently, after a decade of attempting to convince the public that he did not use performance enhancing drugs, he continued to face allegations from peers and most importantly, the United States Anti-Doping Agency.
Armstrong, who’s also a cancer survivor and founder of his foundation, Livestrong.org, had consistently pointed to the hundreds of drug tests he passed as proof of his innocence while piling up Tour titles from 1999 to 2005.
Unfortunately, this story seems to cap off a recent series of sports stories that saw two Major League Baseball players suspended for taking banned substances and another, who is, in some circles, suspected of doing so.
Melky Cabrera of the San Francisco Giants and Bartolo Colon of the Oakland Athletics were both recently suspended 50 games each for positive testosterone test. Both players were having exceptional years for their respective teams as they both are currently in the thick of the playoff race.
Also, Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees, has experienced sudden improvement in his play of late, prompting speculation of doping from one particular talking head. The legendary shortstop is in his 16 season and does lead the majors with 168 hits and has hit twice as many home runs (12) as he did all of last year.
Now, the Jeter allegation seems to be a bit far-fetched being that he IS indeed one of the greatest to ever play the game and has NEVER come up in doping discussions in the past. However, Cabrera and Colon’s dramatic contributions were sketchy.
All in all, it’s unfortunate that players, and cyclists, continue to taint their respective fields of play with cheating, however, it also continues to be a news headliner.
Written by Rashid Umar