We live in the media age. We have permanent access to rolling news, something happens in Australia at 1:00, it could be being reported in the UK by 1:05.
I think we have a responsibility to keep up with the ongoing events in the world, as so many of them affect us either directly or indirectly.
I am possibly one of the most opinionated people I know.
And as such I have decided to create a platform for those opinions.
Friday, 24 August 2012
Lance Armstrong giving up - admission of guilt?
Today seven times Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong has
announced that he is giving up his fight against the US anti doping agency
(USADA) who claim that he cheated by taking performance enhancing drugs.They are now looking to strip him of his
titles which he achieved since 1999, and to ban him from pro cycling for
Armstrong has maintained his innocence throughout, saying
that he has never failed a drugs test and that there is no concrete evidence to
prove that he ever took drugs.
When I first heard of these doping allegations my initial
thoughts were that it was all a bit of a witch hunt, especially given there
appeared to be no evidence.Armstrong
has had an amazingly successful career.He won seven tours between 1999 and 2006, during which time he claims he
submitted over 500 samples for drug testing and never failed any of them. At a
time when doping was rife within cycling the world’s top cyclist, who was there
against all the odds, was drug-free.It’s little wonder really that there might be people out there wanting
to tarnish that image.
But now that Lance Armstrong has decided not to fight the
allegations any more I can’t help wondering about the implications of
that.After all, there is potential for
him to be stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned from pro
cycling for life.
For me, being prepared to give up one’s reputation, and
everything you have worked for and achieved over the years purely because you
feel you can’t fight it any more just doesn’t add up.After all, once Lance Armstrong is stripped
of his titles on the basis he willingly gave them up there is no way back.If he were proved guilty and stripped of the
titles he might have some recourse in the future, through avenues of appeal
etc.But essentially giving them up
willingly just seems like an admission of guilt to me.And it doesn’t matter how much he protests
his innocence, the guilt is in the willingness to give it up and the fact he is
going to give up his titles and medals and potentially put the reputation of
his charity on the line.
Did Lance Armstrong take performance enhancing drugs during
his Tour de France time?In truth we’ll
likely never know.But fact is that drugs
were rife within cycling at the time, and when the top cyclist, known for being
clean and drug-free then holds his hands up and willingly gives up all the
titles he apparently worked so hard to achieve, it doesn’t exactly give out the
idea that he is entirely innocent.
The only thing that Lance Armstrong can achieve from this is
the fact that, not having stood up to the evidence, there are still going to be
people who will believe in his innocence. Whereas if he were found guilty
through the presentation of evidence his reputation would have suffered far