My column in today’s American Spectator discusses the latest chapter in the “get Lance Armstrong” movement. Many hoped Armstrong would be left alone after the FDA dropped its expensive and futile investigation:
But this was not good enough for some of Armstrong’s antagonists. Travis Tygart, the CEO of the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), issued a Captain Ahab-like vow: ‘Our investigation … is continuing, and we look forward to obtaining the information developed during the federal investigation.’
Armstrong has had more drug tests than any athlete in history, and never failed even one, yet an agency with no new evidence and no jurisdiction outside of the U.S. is attempting to strip him of his European titles:
This is a distinction that was not lost on the International Cycling Union (UCI), the governing body for international sports cycling and the entity that administered doping tests while Armstrong competed … UCI has indicated that it is not prepared to merely rubberstamp USADA’s precipitous action.
UCI has expressed concerns about the fairness of the USADA investigation, but the CEO of USADA accused UCI of participating in a vast conspiracy to protect Armstrong. Read more about this witch hunt here.