Phatty wrote a post about the recent Floyd Landis verdict, and I thought I’d expand a bit on his theme.
Doping and cycling is a complex subject. I’m not naive enough to think that cyclists don’t dope.
But the question is not whether Floyd doped. The question is whether he can be judged to have doped under the applicable rules. In other words, the question is not one of right or wrong. The question is one of legality.
From my perpective, just as the athletes have rules that they are expected to follow, the officials also have rules that they need to follow.
And, in this case, they didn’t do it. I think that unless the officials follow the rules, they don’t have a case.