Dick Pound is judge, jury and executioner. Why even have any rules at all, just let Dick decide everything!
And how about all these outlandish statemetns fromt eh man that heads WADA. It one thing for the "great unwashed" on these boards to speculate, but for a lunatic like Pound to say these thing should get him ousted. Examples:
1) Mr. Landis, winner of the fabled Tour de France, following a Cinderella comeback late in the race, erasing a disastrous day-before, now seems to have taken a morning-after pill to recover from the previous failure and will likely be stripped of the crown that is the dream of all cyclists -- the Yellow Jersey in the showcase event of cycling.
"Morning after pill" Is that how Testertone works, Dick? Why don't you learn about the science of PEDs first and write later.
2) We will have to wait for the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) to organize an appeal process, since both are American athletes, before any formal sanction can be pronounced. Who knows, USADA may subscribe to a suggestion that both athletes, in separate sports, were ambushed by a roving squad of Nazi frogmen and injected against their will with the prohibited substances. But, if USADA does not bite, Mr. Landis faces a two-year suspension and Mr. Gatlin (because of an earlier violation) a lifetime suspension.
Can you beleive he worte this! The entire appeal process is a waste of time. Just hang 'em. God forbid the USADA actually find a plausible reason for these positive tests when the head of WADA slams them for having an appeals process in the first place. Then again he is suing the UCI becuase they dared to question his contention that Armstrong was a doper.
3) Take cycling in 2006. If 2006 were to be measured in the Chinese cycle, it would be the Year of the Excrement. Among the active riders in the immediate post-Armstrong era, those who finished second, third and fourth in the 2005 Tour de France were busted in a Spanish doping investigation and prevented from competing in the 2006 Tour. This year's winner has tested positive.
Anyone else see a problem with head of WADA calling those in the back of the peleton "losers" or cycling the year of the Year of the Excrement. Wow!
4) The answer lies in the formula established by the World Anti-Doping Agency, a partnership of the sport movement and governments in all five continents. We are faced with organized and sophisticated cheating, so we should be willing to use every weapon in our combined arsenals. Doping offences can be established without the need for a positive analytical result. Sport authorities know who the athletes are, where they are, more or less what they are doing to dope, who the coaches are and so forth, but they have no power to seize evidence, to compel people to provide evidence and to enforce trafficking rules. Possession and use of most doping substances without medical prescriptions are already illegal (as in Canada), so the combination of the sport and public authorities provides a means to get at the full range of the evidence needed to stop doping.
This is possibly the most dangerous statement ever uttered by him. We "know" who the dopers are so let's just kick them out. Mybe letsrun.com messge baord can get a rumor going and result in runing an althete's career. But here's what he really wants, he wants to ability to nail Armstrong without a positive test.