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Cycling SA warns cyclists

2012-10-23 18:02

Johannesburg - Cycling SA (CSA) president William Newman says drug cheats will be punished regardless of their status in the sporting code.

The International Cycling Union's (UCI) stripped Lance Armstrong of his record seven Tour titles on Monday, and Newman said CSA had a zero tolerance towards doping in sport.

"It's a very disappointing day in sport," said Newman on Tuesday.

"There is no place for people who cheat in sport and we commend the UCI on what they have done.

"This shows that you will be caught, no matter who you are."

The UCI decision comes after a report released by the United States Anti-Doping Agency that said Armstrong used doping to help win Tour de France titles from 1999 to 2005.

Newman said the world-wide doping problem was a negative by-product in the sport and a lot more needed to be done in combating the issue.

"Education is important and we need to get our athletes educated on doping, encouraging a clean way of doing the sport," he said.

"We need to continue our anti-doping efforts and step up our testing as well as the education around such issues.

"Our close partnership with the SA Institute for Drug-Free Sport (SAIDS) will continue to raise the bar in educating riders on the issue."

CSA planned to use their next big event on the calendar, the 94.7 Cycle Challenge, as a platform to reiterate their message on doping and hoped this would encourage a clean way of competing.

"We will continue to use all platforms to stress that there is no place for doping and all riders must be on the straight and narrow," Newman said.

"There are measures in place to weed out doping."

In their efforts towards combating doping, Newman said CSA regularly invited SAIDS to conduct random tests on the riders.

SAIDS Chairman Shuaib Manjra said in a statement on Tuesday that South Africa did not have high positive samples of doping in cycling.

Manjra, however, stressed that the Armstrong saga should serve as a warning to all athletes that doping did not pay.

"Armstrong used the most sophisticated devices to avoid detection including autologous blood transfusions, intravenous EPO and micro-doses of testosterone," Manjra said.

Manjra points out that when using EPO in the early days there was no detection method.

"However, once such a method was developed the laboratories re-analysed stored samples tests from Armstrong showed signs of EPO use.

"So clearly we have more methods now that we can use to detect doping."

Manjra stressed that blood doping was very difficult to detect.

This has prompted SAIDS to introduce a biological passport programme that tracks the blood and steroid profiles of athletes in addition to existing tools for identifying doping cheats.

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Comments
  • henk.tredoux.7 - 2012-10-23 18:18

    Finally there is a comment from SA regarding the Armstrong debacle. Since the allegations were made and since Armstrong has been stripped of his titles, there was not a single remark or comment from SA, let alone any cyclists! Are we still all in shock?

  • badladballie - 2012-10-23 18:31

    I have lost interest in cricket because every second match is fixed. Now I have no reason to watch cycling either.

  • motleleng - 2012-10-23 20:06

    @mzwandile.dlamanzi, don't come with your stupid racial tendency, doping has no colour.

  • harry.dewet.5 - 2012-10-23 21:25

    CSA, why are you warning all the cheaters about your intended date of doping tests? Cheaters will now either stay away or they will ensure that they are clean during the test. You are either protecting some individuals, or you are pretending that you are now suddenly doing your job, which you have badly failed doing up to now!

  • wildwoody62 - 2012-10-24 05:40

    What utter RUBBISH !!!!, CyclingSA is just as morally corrupt as the UCI. The Cyclists know who dopes, and so do the Officials, but nothing is done about it as CyclingSA do not want to tarnish the image of the sport. Any misdemeanour's are swept under the carpet. When last did anyone see any significant "dope control" at a major race. I have been to 3 National Events this year, and Drug Free Sport was no where to be seen. The excuse from the top is they don't have the money for the tests. When they are advised of known possible transgressions, it is ignored, as it involves the "chosen few athletes" as CyclingSA need to maintain their image, now just like the UCI, they have told everyone " we are coming to test you" and when the tests come back negative, CyclingSA will turn around and hold their heads high and proclaim the sport is clean! and then put their heads back into the sand. Doping is rife in SA, some cyclists are more like mobile pharmacy's on race day.

  • Jan - 2012-10-24 07:42

    Viva Armstrong, cycling WAS a dopers sport, and Armstrong was one of the 99.9% users of it. Get over it and salute him to his performance. He in anycase competed with other cyclists also on performance enhancement drugs. Lance you are still THE HERO!!!!!!!!!

      milan.daniz - 2012-10-24 08:53

      He had great ability. I feel for anyone trying to compete clean, the person doesn't stand a chance.

  • marius.croucamp.3 - 2012-10-24 07:51

    I fully agree with Cycling SA but, please, do not create the impression that all cyclist dope. Cycling in South Africa is a huge sport with 99.9% of the participants being the general public who cycle for fun and fitness.A few are at the pro-level who cycle for money and status and they beat us by a million miles in races. To them every second counts and it is all or nothing while we have fun, stay fit and keep out of trouble. Our sport is stil very special but cycling has destroyed its own reputation at the top and will not recover from that in our life time. lets play fair.

      wildwoody62 - 2012-10-24 09:41

      @marius you are naive to think its only the pro riders, look at vets A,B, C bunches every weekend

  • long.tom.509 - 2012-10-24 08:23

    From hero to Zero,sure the book will follow next,I have always been suprised how people,Idolise people.

  • lisa.a.bradshaw - 2012-10-24 08:57

    You should ask the UCI what happened during the reign of Lance Armstrong...They did not find fault then...How many other people use these so called sophisticated devices to avoid detection...UCI are a joke and someone's head should roll for all those years of hiding the results..

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