Friday 27 April 2018

Cycling: IOC president Rogge insists Landis must present proof

The leaders of the IOC and World Anti-Doping Agency said yesterday that if Floyd Landis has proof of doping by seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong, he should back it up with concrete evidence.

"He has to bring proof that this is true," said International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge. "These are accusations that need to be corroborated. You can't condemn without proof," Rogge added. "He would be better off by giving evidence to corroborate that, otherwise he is risking a lot of libels. You can only sanction an athlete with tangible proof."

WADA president John Fahey, in a separate interview said if there is any substance to Landis' allegations, either the US Anti-Doping Agency or International Cycling Union should intervene.

"If he has evidence, he should make that evidence available to the USADA or UCI and I'm sure if there is any substance to that evidence, either of those bodies would act," Fahey said. "There will always be rumours about it."

Rogge and Fahey spoke after Landis, in a series of emails sent to sponsors and sports officials, confessed to years of doping after having previously denied cheating.

The American rider, stripped of the 2006 Tour de France title and given a two-year ban for doping, also alleged that Armstrong taught others how to beat the system.

Armstrong has denied the claims by his former team-mate, saying Landis has no credibility.

Rogge also expressed doubts about Landis' claim that Armstrong and coach Johan Bruyneel paid former UCI president Hein Verbruggen to cover up a test in 2002 after Armstrong purportedly tested positive for the blood-boosting drug EPO.

Irish Independent

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