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UCI To Rule On Armstrong Case Monday
Published October 22, 2012
ACCEPTING RESPONSIBILITY: The AFP reported that backing USADA would "boldly underline the UCI's ongoing commitment to the fight against drugs cheats as well as highlight its desire to confine the drug-fueled successes of the past well behind it." Although McQuaid is "credited with introducing the much-heralded blood passport programme -- a proven deterrent for cheats -- he has often come in for criticism in his years in charge of the UCI" (AFP, 10/21). The AP's Jim Vertuno reported that Armstrong greeted 4,300 cyclists at his Livestrong charity bike ride Sunday. Armstrong told the crowd he has faced a "very difficult" few weeks. He "did not otherwise mention" USADA's report detailing evidence of doping or the possible sanctions. Armstrong wore a black T-shirt instead of the charity's signature yellow jersey, given to the winner of the Tour de France (AP, 10/21). In Sydney, David Walsh opined that "as important as this moment is for Armstrong, it is also important for UCI's leadership as it too has many questions to answer." The UCI "should accept the sanctions imposed on Armstrong and its leaders." McQuaid and UCI Honorary President Hein Verbruggen should then "accept responsibility for the poisonous years and resign as president and honorary life president." Anything less "leaves the sport in a kind of limbo" (THE AUSTRALIAN, 10/22).