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Conspiracy against me - Lance

2012-06-23 07:40

Washington - Seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong asked a US Anti-Doping Agency review board on Friday to dismiss "spurious" allegations brought against him last week.

Armstrong's attorney Robert Luskin replied to USADA's claims that the famed US cyclist was part of a doping conspiracy in an 18-page letter obtained by the Washington Post and linked to Armstrong's Twitter account.

Luskin said USADA had not submitted proper evidence to support its claims that Armstrong was a dope cheat.

"USADA has submitted no evidence to support its spurious allegations," Luskin wrote.

"USADA must either submit the evidence it relies upon in its June 12 letter (accusing Armstrong) or the review board should summarily recommend that this matter be dismissed for lack of sufficient evidence."

Lawyers had asked USADA for its evidence but were not provided with details of the case assembled against Armstrong, they had said.

"To permit USADA to proceed without sharing its evidence would violate not only the clear language of the protocol but also our shared concepts of justice and fair play," Luskin wrote.

The three-member board is the USADA panel charged with considering evidence submitted by the organisation and those it targets and judging if there is enough of a case to push forward with formal charges and a hearing.

If USADA files charges, a three-person arbitration panel could start considering Armstrong's case by November. Armstrong would be allowed to review the USADA evidence in advance and cross-examine any witnesses against him.

Such a case could end up at the Court of Arbitration for Sport and could result in the stripping of Armstrong's Tour de France titles and a life ban from competition if he is found guilty, although he has retired from cycling.

Armstrong has steadfastly denied doping allegations for many years and a US Justice Department investigation into doping claims was halted in February with no charges brought against him.

While former Armstrong teammates Tyler Hamilton and Floyd Landis have publicly accused Armstrong of doping, USADA has not revealed its witnesses against the US cyclist, whose comeback from testicular cancer has made him a hero in the eyes of many.

Luskin said Armstrong's camp would "urge the review board to prevent USADA from emasculating its own protocol and the review board process."

There are no positive doping tests against Armstrong, two notable allegations against him having been successfully refuted years ago.

"The two specific and recycled allegations that (USADA) identifies have been thoroughly and publicly discredited," Luskin wrote.

"USADA has refused to disclose anything else, such as an expert analysis substantiating its unsupported view of these (doping tests).

"The review board cannot possibly carry out its obligation to evaluate USADA's case if USADA refuses to disclose its evidence."

Luskin argues that USADA "has based its charges on admissions or witness testimony and not on a positive result.

"That it refuses to accord these same basic rights to Mr Armstrong is a disgrace and highly probative of USADA's readiness to employ unlawful tactics and questionable practices in its zeal to punish Mr Armstrong at all costs."

Luskin wrote that USADA attorneys are ready to continue chasing Armstrong even if the review panel does not push forward with formal charges.

"Its general counsel has already advised us that USADA may ignore what the review board recommends and continue its obsessive pursuit of Mr Armstrong, even if the review board finds no evidence on which to proceed," Luskin wrote.

"USADA's overly expansive view of its own authority - not to mention its smug self-regard - undoubtedly explains its threadbare charging document, its arrogant and even craven refusal to disclose its evidence and its complacent expectation that the review board will not hold it accountable."

In pressing the attack upon USADA, Luskin wrote the board's review "should include careful scrutiny of the conduct of USADA to determine whether its officials violated federal law and the World Anti-Doping Agency code in securing testimony against Mr Armstrong."

AFP

Comments
  • lukombo.cliff - 2012-06-23 08:05

    It looks like a personal vendetta to me. The guy hs been tested numerous time and not a single sample(A,B,C....) Never came positive. Floyd Landis is a cheater who hv been cought and he is just jealous. If really he was using EPO or blood transfusions technics it shlb be very easy to catch him as it ws for Landis and lately Contador. Lastly,give an average cyclist as much EPO or litres of blood and see if he can win 7 times the TDF. Leave that champ alone.

      KLSmith51 - 2012-06-23 08:50

      The top athlete ever. They hunt him because they know how tuff the TDF is. Supper fit body to weight ratio. Even if he did cheat would still be the the greatest and confident person ever.

  • millionwatts1 - 2012-06-23 08:12

    These things always catch up with you.

      david.goliath.355 - 2012-07-02 12:55

      what things ?

  • Tiaan Liebenberg - 2012-06-23 08:18

    Still don't like him. Always about what he conquered in his own power and name. Power of his mind - new-age nonsense

  • Kevin - 2012-06-23 09:24

    Lance is the most tested athlete - EVER - always tested negative - say no more..!

      millionwatts1 - 2012-06-23 10:21

      So he masked it better than everybody because people around him say he took performance enhancers.(People who trained with him) not us here 10 000km away.

      mabandla.dlamini.3 - 2012-06-23 10:39

      Hey millionwatts1, your name belies your inherent dimness. If everyone around you started spreading falsehoods about you would that make them true? As you so expertly stated, how the eff would you know, you aren't there. Don't sit at your computer screen judging others based on the testimony of people who have been proven to be less than truthful. I for one don't know if he cheated, but I do know I enjoyed watching him do his thing. For all we know they could all be cheating. I say who cares. At the end of the day, the drugs don't give you discipline. Very few people have the mental fortitude, stamina, dedication and discipline to do what he did, drugs or not. Landis et al, couldn't beat him and they were cheating. Whats that say about them? Also I have it on very good word that you are a man, I believe my source, apperently they're a friend of yours.

      millionwatts1 - 2012-06-23 15:22

      @Mabandla, your attempt at sarcasm will not get a response from me. You love Armstrong clearly but don't hate me for not liking him. Besides, everything you accuse me of you are guilty of. Re-read your post and see the contradictions there.

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