That is true. One can be jailed for trafficking drugs, but only after being tried, convicted and sentenced to jail by a court of law, not one of arbitration. Last I heard, the gov't dropped its investigation for lack of evidence.Drug traffickers sometimes go to jail.
First he's a doper, now it's a conspiracy to supply dope to others. What's next? Charges he gave dope to children? This is silly.I think he actually believes Lance didn't play an important role in a program of systematic doping.
That would be fine if the goal is the reward the best cheater and well, I guess that's sort of what happened. Cheaters have been known to take steps to avoid detection of their illicit behavior, for obvious reasons....If they needed a different test to detect a new type of doping, as has been suggested before, it was incumbent on the regulators to develop it in time to matter...
The Director Sportif, team doctors and trainers have all been charged......The same goes for the whole 'grand conspiracy' thing. These are great for prosecutors and fiction writers. It's otherwise not a credible charge without quite a lot of evidence to back it up....
I used the term 'doping' as a catch-all for any type of illicit performance enhancement - no doubt your definition is technically correct.How do you test for blood doping which is adding YOUR OWN BLOOD. How do you test for the presence of human blood in a body? How about testosterone? Lance failed a test for cortisone at the TdF prologue and eight samples from 1999 show the presence of EPO.
If I shot someone in front of TEN witnesses, would the testimony of the witnesses be sufficient to hang me or would you need to prove I did it with a blood test?
USADA has a very strong case OR YOU CAN BE DAMN SURE LANCE WOULD BE CONTESTING IT. He has a lot of money and a lot of lawyers.