The USADA is on a serious witch hunt with Lance Armstrong, and now they are just getting ridiculous by banning him from ever running the New York City marathon again.
Armstrong ran the marathon in 2006 and 2007 and would likely return to the race again, but now he is being told that he cannot participate after the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency officially banned him from this and many other races that are completely unrelated to cycling.
“That’s an event that we test,” a USADA attorney told the Daily News. “So that would fall under our authority.”
But that’s not completely applicable. The USADA tests professional athletes who have potential to win prize money. They don’t care about the amateur runners who are out there to just have a good time and complete their own goals. Lance should be allowed to participate as an amateur–or at least a non-pro–athlete and run just for himself and to promote his cancer foundation. Let’s face it, as awesome of an athlete that he still is, he’s not going to be a contender for winning that race.
Nevertheless, New York Road Runners, the group that organizes the annual event, is saying they will abide by the USADA’s decision since their events are “organized and directed under USA Track and Field rules and regulations,” which include following the World Anti-Doping Code.
Mary Wittenberg, chief executive officer of New York Road Runners, told the Daily News that the organization intends to abide by whatever the USADA says:
We will 100% comply if the rules apply to us. We have to be careful on both sides to do what is legally right. We will look into that.
No matter which side of the fence you are on about Armstrong and his blood doping allegations, these bans from unrelated sports should never happen. It’s unfair that he’s not allowed to participate alongside the other 45,000 participants, and it further demonstrates how unfair and biased the USADA is being. Not to mention the fact that we, the taxpayers, are funding the USADA in all of this.
Tell us what you think. Should Lance be banned from other sporting events?