• Dave

    This is only going to end one way for the UCI – it will go to the Court of Arbitration for Sport and they will suffer a humiliating defeat just like they did with the Roman Kreuziger case.

    Can someone please give Cookson a revolver with one bullet in it.

    • winkybiker

      Well yes maybe WADA would over-rule on appeal. But that’s why the UCI are considering it with caution and deliberation, and taking legal advice. I take it that you’re not in favour of exploring avenues to make PED use less prevalent. Anything that tightens this up is worth considering in my book. I’d like to see automatic and permanent bans from any involvement in the sport for all convicted cheats. We would not miss them at all.

      • Adam K

        Spot on Winky on all fronts

  • Matt Ellis

    Why can’t the UCI override WADA on the basis of safety? Looking at this from a possible WADA perspective, it might be that WADA feels this substance right now is not relevant enough in the entire world of sports or there is not enough currently available evidence to prove this drug delievers a performance benefit that is significant enough to it being listed as a banned substance for all sports. Maybe for some sports, such as sports that have lower speed and other danger factors, a certain (moderate) dosage of this drug might not pose that much of a risk for athlete safety. I am no expert, I am just speculating here like everyone else. But, with cycling when the fatigue of the riders after hours on end of intense racing, large group finishes of up to 70 km/hr, downhill descents that are even faster, road furniture to navigate around, etc. the danger factor of one (or more) not being in the right mind because he/she is doped up on a pain killer, goes up exponentially. The way I see this, the UCI should be able to overrule WADA on the safety argument alone- any performance enhancing aspects of the drug only add to this argument.
    After years and years of riders not wearing them, pro riders are required to wear helmets in all races from start to finish (not wearing a helmet is just plain stupid) because rider safety. WADA does not have a rule which states riders must wear a helmet. So, why can’t the UCI have a rule which states riders can’t be doped up on some painkiller during a race for the same safety reasons that require helmets?

    • winkybiker

      Nice take on it, Matt. The UCI should consider everything they can to enforce tighter rules on this. The rider safety angle is an imprtant part of the whole anti-doping push.

      • Matt Ellis

        Thanks Winky :) Great posts to you too :)

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    • Larry @CycleItalia

      Agreed! It would seem pretty simple to ban racing a bicycle (which is most often in the company of many other riders) under the influence of opioid painkillers as a SAFETY measure. Can they race under the effects of THC, alcohol, etc? WADA’s mostly concerned with PED’s, but UCI can skip any contention about it’s value there and ban it under safety concerns as bIke racing’s a lot different than running around a track or rowing a boat.

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