What’s wrong with retroactive testing

I’ve got a real problem with this retroactive testing. Exactly where does it stop and who does it benefit? You’re the guy who has been cheated out of a gold medal earning opportunities, are you going to put your career on hold to go through the hell of court proceedings just because the IOC/UCI/ASO and the testing authorities were too damned pre-occupied with milking their cash cow to get this stuff in order before the games?

Y’know what? It’s two months after the games, when all the homecomings are done and every sponsorship deal has made guys able to stop worrying about the overdraft and get on with enjoying their moment of glory. The IOC/WADA/ASO/UCI/whoever tells me actually I got beaten by a guy who cheated is about as worthwhile as being told “sorry I didn’t see you” after you’ve become a hood ornament.

It’s absolutely pathetic and by cheering “another cheat caught” it diverts from the fact that those sporting bodies are doing the square of naff all to deliver on their end of the deal while the athletes are jumping through more hoops that a circus tiger just to avoid losing their livelihood.

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  • I can see your point but aren’t we then turning a blind eye to illegal technical advantage? Surely today’s cheats would be more discouraged if they knew they could be caught out in the future. Yes, Beijing should have had everything the Tour testers had, and more) but at least they’re trying to set the record straight now. What if there was a time limit? Perhaps only a year or two? After all, what can we honestly hope to gain from testing three year old Tour samples now?

  • The problem with the threat of being caught out in the future is just that: it’s a future threat, not a present reality, therefore the benefits now outweigh the potential future losses. The money’s already in the bank from the post-Tour crits and appearances, there will never be a means to get that back.

    Riders are only as good as their last season, look at Kohl. The calculated guess is that you get away with it the once and that was his career saved for another two years that he doesn’t need to face the fear of failure.

    I just don’t see how we can go on pretending that by trying to rewrite the past, we’ll somehow fix the future as well. These things decide races and until they catch the dopers before the flag drops the authorities simply aren’t doing their job.