- Jul 25, 2009
Bala Verde said:Dunno if I mentioned this before in another thread.
What if the UCI - assuming they're keen on improving the sport - use the money 'donated' by the riders, taken from their wages or money from the teams to participate in the blood passport, to set up some kind of a 'witness protection' program.
The UCI starts a cycling team for riders who come clean. The team and cyclists who break the Omerta, get a contract with the team and receive a salary that is basically funded by other teams/rider's salary, in return for their depositions/declarations.
You got a roster of 22-26 riders who broke the silence, and can still continue doing what they loved doing, while not being financially harmed or socially stigmatised. On top of that they have to do some stints/ads/promos/workshops to educate young cyclists.
In the end, they don't have to go back to paint houses, and they promote a clean sport.
Bala Verde said:There was a good article in this month's economist about 'decriminalisation of drug usage in Portugal'. Possession and usage are still penalizable offenses, but it is pulled out of the criminal (juridical) sphere, because the dissuasion panel/comission you need to appear before after an arrest, decides on your case. The panel is not focusing on punishing you, but treating you inste. So they try to assist addicts by offering them medical, psychological rehab help instead of making them appear before a judge and sending them to jail. One of the experiences was that more addicts dare to seek treatment, because they know they are not committing a criminal offense that will land them in jail.
Treating, not punishing
I am one of those in favor of higher penalties in particular longer bans on riders - however this is in conjunction with many other deterrents.kiwirider said:Awesome link! Thanks for posting it. It covers the sorts of points I've been trying to argue on here for a few posts. Here's hoping that it encourages a couple more people to look beyond sanctions and penalties to try to identify the true root causes of PED use.
Dr. Maserati said:One of the biggest problems in Pro Cycling is that there is already a doping culture within the sport. This has been in place for many years and there are many of the 'old-gaurd' still involved in Cycling - they are protected by the Omerta within the sport.
When a rider gets busted there is usually little consequence on the team management , the DS, Doctors etc..
Cool thanks ... now I've just got to get the damn link to work - possibly a Mac thing or just a slow link back to NZ ....I Watch Cycling In July said: