Such a huge disappointment for cycling fans
FAMED cyclist Lance Armstrong’s admission to Oprah Winfrey that he used performance-enhancing drugs in all his victories is a huge disappointment to sports lovers and especially to cycling fans and cancer survivors. Although his philanthropic efforts have done much for many, his lies, deceit, bullying and manipulation cannot be forgotten and condoned.
The different cocktails of drugs he used gave him the incredible stamina to win seven Tour de France titles dishonestly.
The use of performance-enhancing drugs by sportspeople is motivated by factors like avarice, materialism, sponsorship and fame. Since sport has been commercialised, the life ban on Armstrong is appropriate in order to keep sports drug-free, fair and ethical.
The spotlight must now move away from Armstrong and focus on the suppliers, U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (Usada), and other regulatory bodies involved.
If Armstrong is really sincere in his confession and apology, he needs to disclose the methods used to conceal detection of drugs and name the ringmasters involved in helping him to cover up the administration of these drugs for so long.
Unfortunately, Armstrong will have to accept the constructive criticism levelled at him, the way people think about what he did, and the life ban. MOHAMED SAEED