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Lance banned from marathon

2012-09-08 09:06

Chicago - Lance Armstrong has been banned from running in next month's Chicago Marathon, a spokesperson for the suspended American cyclist said on Friday.

"Lance was going to be running as a fundraising team member of Team Livestrong at Chicago," Mark Higgins said in an e-mail to Reuters. "One of the Lance Armstrong Foundation staffers had communicated that to the race organisers and she was told he could not run."

Armstrong was stripped of his record seven Tour de France wins last month and handed a lifetime ban by the United States Anti-Doping Agency after indicating that would not challenge charges that he had doped throughout his career.

Armstrong, whose Livestrong Foundation has raised hundreds of millions of dollars in the fight against cancer, has always denied doping.

"When he chose not to contest in a public hearing the overwhelming evidence of his cheating Mr Armstrong was well aware that he was accepting ineligibility from world-class athletic events like the Chicago Marathon," a USADA spokesperson said in a statement.

"This is what the world rules require for all sanctioned athletes, high profile or not."

A marathon spokesperson said Armstrong had not submitted a formal registration to participate in the October 7 marathon, but that the race follows rules that prohibit banned athletes from entering races sanctioned by USA Track & Field.

Reuters

Comments
  • ianon.ym - 2012-09-08 09:26

    Pathetic!

      jacques.stander - 2012-09-08 09:50

      YA!! Pathetic !!

      hermann.hanekom - 2012-09-08 15:52

      Jealousy prevails and to hell with charity.

      jason.vanderspuy.5 - 2012-09-08 17:11

      Nonsense, he's guilty of doping, as simple as that. If he's got nothing to hide, then why not contest it at the public arbitration hearing? We want to see athletes with the best ability in action, not the guys with the best doctors and doping stratety behind them. They could have gone after dozens of cyclist I'm sure, but he was no.1 and the best, so the best way to clean up the sport is to take him down. And the Chicago marathon is a major international event with huge prize money. Charity or not, they can't allow exceptions. Sorry Lance, you almost got away with it, but Justice prevailed. But you know that, don't you

      jannie.koekemoer.58 - 2012-09-08 20:09

      @jason - if they test you more than 500 times and never test positive - he either did not use it or every cyclist ever tested can also be positive and every other athlete as well!! so really how fair would the process have been - most of the cyclist that testified are guilty of using...

      derek.francois.3 - 2012-09-09 05:42

      GEEZ when are the Armstrong groupies going to wake up, ban this cheat from all sports. Any truly innocent sportsman would fight to the death to clear his name and as in America would be entitled to a massive damages claim but alas "if he were innocent" but under the circumstances of overwhelming evidence well just make an example of him for the next generation that cheating does not pay..................do these groupies honestly believe that the USADA would ban one of the all time USA sport "heroes" if not for overwhelming evidence..............he could even have got cancer from all the banned substances he was putting into his body as many of the top cyclists of his generation have health issues today and many have died young from heart issues like Pantini ect............

  • karen.nortier.1 - 2012-09-08 09:53

    Its like a witch hunt. How many of the USA athletes doped in the past and got away with it - and some are still getting away with it. Gatlin was banned and after the ban he represented the USA at the London Olympics - and USA cheered him on. Now all of a sudden Lance is the biggest baddest person in the USA. Even Phelps smoked dope but he is still the posterboy. I am not saying doping is good but USA have double standards. Will he be banned from going to gym one of these days?

      rinus.groeneveld.7 - 2012-09-08 09:58

      Absoluut Karen - belaglik! Al wat hulle nou doen is om 'n fondsinsamelings-proses in die wiele te ry en die enigste wenner is kanker....

      unwelcome.za - 2012-09-08 13:16

      Yes justify cheating, well done!

      karen.nortier.1 - 2012-09-08 13:33

      @unwelcome - well then ban all athletes for life if caught using drugs. Ban the Craven Week rugby player that was caught out recently for life. They might as well scrap the Tour de France cause everyone dopes there. Then they should have banned Pedrie Wannenburg for life and Chilliboy and Bjorn Basson when they were tested positive for supplements. I am not saying Lance is not a cheat I am saying this whole USADA saga is a bit of a shambles. They are gunning one person but if they look deeper then half of their sports heroes are dopers. One of there preevious Olympic track coaches admitted it but he was allowed to still coach. The Bulgarians, Chinese, Germans etc all have there dopers but only get banned for 2 yrs. Carl Lewis was also a doper. Strip Lance of his titles but why is he not allowed to run socially in a marathon? 90% of our sportsman take USN and that is also enhancing their ability - it is because kids get taught that the better the bigger and the stronger you are the more money you will earn. Go read the article on schools rugby about doping and how many dope and then who do you blame?

      kevin.watson.7906 - 2012-09-08 16:06

      In the 1980s with the possible exception of Carl Lewis they were all doping. There is no witch hunt there. In the 1990's many of them with the exception of Michael Johnson were doping, no witch hunt there.

  • roy.wadhams.1 - 2012-09-08 10:31

    GOOD,very good.

  • andile.nokhetshe - 2012-09-08 10:31

    I think Lance messed with one hell of a wrong guy

  • johan.jacobs.5680 - 2012-09-08 10:45

    Lance f @ck them !

  • jurgen.eksteen - 2012-09-08 10:48

    What is stopping him from running? He should just go running in his own capacity as a non registered runner. Are there bouncers on bicycles that will through him out? This way he is not participating, but just running alongside.

  • roy.wadhams.1 - 2012-09-08 10:58

    All the comments in favour of Armstrong and his cheating are those who condone what he did. Is this also a reason why our youngsters see what our sportsmen do is OK and they follow in their footsteps?

      matthew.patrick.925 - 2012-09-08 11:05

      I think you're confusing condoning with forgiving, but I suppose the view from atop a high horse is a little different.

      michelle.m.odendaal - 2012-09-08 11:09

      Not one of his blood tests ever came back positive during his career. And he is the most tested athlete in history... Doesn't make sense.

      rinus.groeneveld.7 - 2012-09-08 11:28

      for me the big issue is double standards. It's okay to use performance enhancing drugs, come clean, get banned for a year or 2 and compete again?? Look at the Chinese weight-lifters (especially the woman) and even things like shot-put and discuss - many of the medal winners were banned previously for a year or 2. and now they're winning medals! So it did not benefit them to get bigger and bigger?? If you want to ban one, then you ban them all, for life. You do not come back ten years after the fact and try and prove someone used drugs and then you ban him (even from athletics!) without any evidence!! But his ex-buddies who "came clean" is racing again??

      Stormkaap - 2012-09-08 12:21

      Rinus, its not like he is going to race again. He cheated and he denied he cheated. A lot of his team mates said so saying that they got away with it. Fact is he doped. In 2003 they found that he had doped. He is a drug cheat and he is riding on the back of public sentiment of him being a good boy!

      kevin.watson.7906 - 2012-09-08 16:19

      In the 1960's and 1970's a culture of doping in sport became the norm. It was more pronounced in professional sports. It came to a head in the late 1980's and the tide turned. As a sportsman and professional in the 1970's I was aware of it, but did not succumb. I could not compete with the dopers. A friend told me at the time that in order to compete one day he was injected directly into his knee with a pain killer, also stupid but not then illegal. The great champions of the Tour De France all used performance enhancing drugs, and there is no witch hunt. What is cheating? Breaking the rules that exist? In rugby it is penalised sometimes but not always as in other team sports, but only when the perpetrator is caught. Who provides the schoolboys with performance enhancing drugs? Doctors. Who is culpable? The Doctor, the Parent who places pressure on the child to perform or "make the team" or the child? The problem is with the pressure placed on young people to be the best, and not the best they can be. All the moralising in the world will not change that, and that is the problem, not the role models.

      lisa.a.bradshaw - 2012-09-09 12:14

      Roy..if Lance cheated than they should have stopped him 7 years ago...Who else has got away with it in the last 7 years...find them guilty straight away and ban them. a couple of years after the fact and saying he did it for 7 years...The Doping system is a laugh!! Lance knows it will take years of law courts to prove his innocence and so much money...not worth the effort!! I have no idea whether he is innocent or not but we should be fighting for fair unbiaised doping results straight away!!

  • robert.dood.1 - 2012-09-08 12:26

    Michelle I agree...however there is never smoke without fire. He has been under investigation for a long time and if it's true then justice has been done. Does not matter if you are riding a bicycle or running a marathon.

  • karen.nortier.1 - 2012-09-08 13:41

    Then ban all athletes or sports stars if caught using drugs. Ban the Craven Week rugby player that was caught out recently for life. They might as well scrap the Tour de France cause everyone dopes there. Then they should have banned Pedrie Wannenburg for life (got 2 yrs) and Chilliboy and Bjorn Basson (slap on the wrist) when they were tested positive for supplements. I am not saying Lance is not a cheat I am saying this whole USADA saga is a bit of a shambles. They are gunning one person but if they look deeper then half of their sports heroes are dopers. One of there previous Olympic track coaches admitted it but he was allowed to still coach. The Bulgarians, Chinese, Germans etc all have there dopers but only get banned for 2 yrs. Carl Lewis was also a doper. Strip Lance of his titles but why is he not allowed to run socially in a marathon? 90% of our sportsman take USN and that is also enhancing their ability - it is because kids get taught that the better the bigger and the stronger you are the more money you will earn. Go read the article on schools rugby about doping and how many dope and then who do you blame? Then they should ban wine because some idiots think it makes them stronger :-)

  • willem.vanrensburg.35 - 2012-09-08 14:17

    He can of course leave the USA and go to a more sane country, or ritire and let the lobiest find someone new to terorise. That is also the history of the USA. Remember the anti comminusts. Same story. If a country persicutes it hero's to this extend that country is on it way down.

      rinus.groeneveld.7 - 2012-09-08 19:44

      Jy is reg Willem - moet die Republikeine wees wat hom so jaag. Dis orraait om the cheat met tax en 5 vroue te hĂȘ - moet net nie EPO nie!!!

      derek.francois.3 - 2012-09-09 05:49

      He'd be welcomed into the ANC he could even end up playing golf with Shaik and Selebi

  • brian.dixon.790 - 2012-09-08 18:11

    Lance Armstrong was the most tested athlete in the world and was never found to have used drugs.. He declined to fight the authorities because of the cost and wearying time that it would take. He has raised millions for cancer charities and one must ask how participating in a marathon could impact on anything. I for one do not believe the case against him has been proven.

      andre.joubert.37 - 2012-09-09 00:18

      @ Brian, Some amazing comments posted here, eg no smoke without fire, therefore he is guilty; his buddies said he doped therefore he is guilty, etc. What do you think makes them tick? Tall poppy syndrome perhaps?

  • wouldntit.benice.1 - 2012-09-08 20:56

    Live strong...on steroids ha ha

  • jamesedmundbird - 2012-09-09 05:53

    quite right, these individuals have made a mockery of cycling for too long, to the point where it's no longer considered a fare and competitive sport. You are right it is a witch hunt, and this particular witch cheated and conspired within proffesional sport for over 10 years, not to mention flat out lieing to his fans and the people who saw him as a role model. Let this be a warning to ya'll amateur dopers, stick to Sunday morning chapmans peak unless you want to become an international shame and pariah.

  • peter.wilson.338863 - 2012-09-09 06:48

    Jason there is NO top athletes that dont or have not taken something at some point in their lives. Yes he might have taken something but he has never tested positive. Let it be he is doing a brilliant job for cancer sufferers and just happens to be a brilliant sportsman with or without drugs.

  • jonathana.marais - 2012-09-09 12:50

    Amstrong cheated????? Can somebody explain??? He took part, he was tested more than 500 times, not once found guilty???? How many time must a person say enough is enough!!!! Those were the rules at the time> Why must he spend hard earned private money to fight a goverment sponsered institution???? Why is Caster S then allowed to compete?? A man in a women's body. Its all a matter of chemicals, for which they have not got scientific standards. Grow up you lot. Regards Francois M

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