Lance Armstrong legendary cyclist and seven time Winner of Tour de France, the cyclist was stripped of his title earlier in august this year due to charges of use of performance enhancement drugs. The investigating team of the case lead to shocking discoveries about the whole doping scandal taking place in the U.S. Postal Service Pro Cycling Team for almost a decade. If the United States Anti-Doping Agency is right, then Lance Armstrong cheated his way to the top of the cycling world through an elaborate doping scheme never seen before in the sport.
The USADA investigation revealed that Hotel rooms were transformed into blood banks as riders were given late-night transfusions, doctors were paid off and competitors were warned about tests in advance.
Lance Armstrong’s lawyer called the investigation a “hatchet job” and “witch hunt.” The champion cyclist has denied cheating and has never failed a doping test. But he did not fight the charges.
There were few new revelations in the 1,000-page report, but the weight of testimony was greater than any of the previous investigations into his conduct. His accusers said Armstrong – one of the world’s most famous athlete who also is well known for his cancer-fighting charity work – was not only a willing participant, but the ringleaders, ordering team-mates to cheat.
In addition to financial payments, emails and laboratory test results that the agency says proves the use of performance enhancing drugs by Lance Armstrong and the USPS Team, 26 people gave sworn testimony, including 11 former team-mates. USADA had provided undeniable proof that Armstrong was the centre of a sophisticated doping program.
The whole Drug Scandal raises a big Question over the uses of Drugs in Sports, and how deep its roots are seeing that U.S. Postal Service Pro Cycling Team were able to cheat the authorities for a almost a decade. The authorities should make some vital changes in their drug policy so that such shameful acts can be prevented in near future.