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SBD Global/October 16, 2012/Leagues and Governing Bodies
Head Of Aussie Cycling Team Admits To Doping, Leads To Amnesty Resistance
Published October 16, 2012
NO TAKE BACKS: In Sydney, Rupert Guinness reported South Australia Premier Jay Weatherill said that his government "would not pursue refunds for appearance money" paid to Lance Armstrong, who recently had his seven Tour de France titles stripped from him. Armstrong raced in the '09-11 editions of the Tour Down Under before retiring again. Weatherill said that the government "got value for the money outlaid to bring Armstrong to the 13-year-old race," which was "worth A$17M to the state's economy" from his first appearance in '09. The government has remained tight-lipped about how much money was paid to Armstrong, but it has been reported he "received A$1-2M for each" of the race appearances (SMH, 10/16).
PROBLEM AT THE SOURCE: Also in Sydney, Michael Ashenden wrote that following White’s admission to doping, the point is being missed if “we only bring the riders to account.” With “obvious exceptions,” such as Lance Armstrong, “I consider them to be victims of a broken system, rather than evil doers.” It is time the organizations who oversee cycling “are held accountable for what has transpired.” And nowhere is that more evident “than here in Australia.” There is “no doubt” that CA is “part of the problem.” For too long, “it has been long on talk, but short on walk” (SMH, 10/16).