I hear you, and he made some wrong decisions. But people are not all good or all bad - but rather a composition of different qualities, good and bad. Eddy is no different to most people, except that he was high profile and got caught. Yes, he should pay back the money he obtained, but this is a fuzzy area, because it is impossible to track precisely the time when he benefited from his short EPO use. Remember that he had a long and distinguished career before succombing to the temptation of EPO use, including representing Belgium in Olympics and World Champs.
Eddy was not as good as his predecessor, Karel Lismont, the two time Olympic medallist from Borgloon, Belgium, but even without EPO he would have attained very good levels, as he showed when he was not on the stuff.
Why is there so much venom towards runners who take stuff compared with cyclists? After cyclists Virenque and Millar admitted their guilt, they were both welcomed back into the cycling fraternity by the vast majority of their friends and rivals as well as the officials in the sport. Running should be no different. The vilification seems excessive and unwarranted. I remember a tv 5 (France) in which Virenque cried in front of the cameras and the whole nation (France) cried with him. Gallic tolerance perhaps, versus anglo saxon cold realism and lack of empathy?
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