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  • Carl Lewis

    I believe WADA and UCI still need to push ahead with the identification, even if the ten year period has expired, otherwise all an athlete need do is ask for adjournments, delays and appeals (which is not too far what has happened here) the ten year period will be up and they will get away with their cheating. Even if the cheats titles cannot be taken away from them and many of them probably have retired, at least the honest cyclist or footballer or tennis players will know what they were competing against.

    If no action is ever taken it will also unfairly stain the reputation of honest athletes. I still believe Nadal was never involved with Dr Fuentes but now we can get conclusive proof as without releasing the bags there will be a signifiant proportion of people who will always cause him otherwise. (if you want to find out more do not hesitate to read my book on amazon Spanish Sport: The greatest con or jealous rumours).

    • Dave

      > I believe WADA and UCI still need to push ahead with the identification, even if the ten year period has expired, otherwise all an athlete need do is ask for adjournments, delays and appeals (which is not too far what has happened here) the ten year period will be up and they will get away with their cheating.

      So long as the anti-doping process is started inside the ten year limit, it can be completed and a ‘proper’ sanction applied even if it is still underway when the ten years expires.

      A good lawyer should be able to convince the Court of Arbitration for Sport that the anti-doping process started with the first application to get hold of the blood bags (i.e. quite a while ago) and not with this judgement ordering them to be handed over.

      But as you say, I agree it needs to be done regardless of whether it will be possible to apply a suspension and reallocation of results. There are other more ‘asymmetric’ measures which could be applied instead – right up to and including ASO choosing to not invite dopers (either the whole team, or offering an invitation conditional on certain riders not being selected) to their big races next year. A Vuelta without Valverde or Sanchez would send a strong statement.

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