Apparently there’s not much to write about in January with regard to cycling unless the word “doping” is involved. And oh, how I love that…
Dick Pound, the controversial head of WADA, has added to the public record of his thoughts on Floyd Landis:
“He was 11 minutes behind or something, and all of the sudden there’s this Herculean effort, where he’s going up mountains like he’s on a goddamn Harley,” Pound told journalist Michael Sokolove. “It’s a great story. Wonderful. But if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.”
“I mean, it was 11 to 1!” he continued, referring to the reported testosterone-to-epitestosterone ratio in Landis’ positive sample. “You’d think he’d be violating every virgin within 100 miles. How does he even get on his bicycle?”
Whatever you might think about the whole Landis affair, one would hope that the guy in charge of policing the riders would show a wee bit of professionalism around the whole thing. I’ve mentioned before (elsewhere) that in order for doping to be eliminated in any sport where it’s not welcome, those making sure the rules are followed – and dealing with anyone who violates the rules – have got to be pristine in their cleanliness. No test can be flubbed, no tester can be questionable, no lab can be perceived of bias. Everything has to be perfect leading up to a positive sample. Will that ever happen? Probably not. So long as there are humans involved at any point in the process, there will be human error. And yet having someone like Pound lash out like he did not only keeps us from progressing in the right direction on the issue, it actually moves us backwards.
Nicely done, Dick.