Such a huge dis­ap­point­ment for cy­cling fans

Weekend Witness - - Opinion -

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

Pi­eter­mar­itzburg

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