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    WADA chief: UCI gave L'Equipe Armstrong documents
    Associated Press

    The president of cycling's world governing body supplied L'Equipe with documents the French sports newspaper used to accuse Lance Armstrong of doping at the 1999 Tour de France, World Anti-Doping Agency chief Dick Pound said Thursday.

    Pound said he received a letter from Hein Verbruggen, head of the cycling body, known by its initials UCI, saying he had provided L'Equipe's reporter with forms indicating Armstrong had tested positive for EPO during his first Tour victory.

    "Mr. Verbruggen told us that he showed all the forms of Mr. Armstrong to L'Equipe and that he even gave the journalist a copy of one of the documents," Pound said during a conference call from Montreal.

    "I don't understand why they're not stepping up to that and saying, 'Well, I guess we do know how the name got public, we made it possible,' " he said.

    Last month, L'Equipe published evidence allegedly showing that six of Armstrong's frozen urine samples from 1999 came back positive for endurance-boosting EPO when they were retested last year. The seven-time Tour champion denied ever using banned drugs and said he was the victim of a "witch hunt."

    Last Friday, the UCI said it had not received enough information to make a judgment on the accusations. It also criticized L'Equipe for targeting Armstrong and Pound for making public statements on the "likely guilt of the athlete" without knowing all the facts.

    The UCI, based in Lausanne, Switzerland, said Thursday that Verbruggen was "really astonished" by Pound's latest comments and accused him of "making false accusations."

    UCI spokesman Enrico Carpani said UCI wrote to WADA on Sept. 5 saying it had handed one document to L'Equipe's journalist.

    "Mr. Verbruggen is of the opinion that this declaration by Mr. Pound is a demonstration of his bad faith because Mr. Pound knows very well that the other five documents do not come from UCI," he said. "Mr. Pound cannot pretend that he did not know that."

    Carpani said L'Equipe's journalist had visited the UCI offices, but Verbruggen himself was not there at the time.

    Last week's UCI statement said the French reporter apparently had acquired "confidential documents which he was able to consult at the UCI after receiving, under false pretext, the authorization of Lance Armstrong."

    L'Equipe said it matched Armstrong's name to six forms marked with coded numbers.

    "It's .... quite clear the only way there could have been a match between the code numbers and a particular athlete was on the basis of information supplied by the UCI," Pound said.

    "Our suggestion has been to [Verbruggen], 'Why are you looking farther than the UCI in respect of disclosure?' "

    Pound questioned the UCI's willingness to fully investigate L'Equipe's accusations and wondered whether the cycling body was merely looking for a "scapegoat."

    On another issue, Pound eased off on a confrontation with soccer's governing body and FIFA president Sepp Blatter over compliance with WADA's anti-doping code. Pound said this year FIFA risked expulsion from the Olympics because it had failed to accept two-year bans for serious doping offenses.

    Last week, while continuing to leave sanctions open, FIFA revised its rules to allow WADA to appeal any FIFA rulings to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

    "They are convinced they are fully compliant," Pound said. "We'll have a look at that and see whether or not we agree."

    In case of any disagreement, he said, WADA would continue to negotiate with FIFA or ask CAS for a legal ruling.

    Pound also said no "significant changes" are in line for the revised global list of banned substances to go into force Jan. 1, 2006.[/b][/quote]

    "Can't buy what I want because it's free...
    Can't buy what I want because it's free..."
    -- Pearl Jam, from the single Corduroy

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    How long before Dick Pound is named as a co defendant?


    I'll take "LITIGATION" for $1,000, Alex.

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    • #3
      I'm torn betwen 'Dick Pound' jokes or singular testicle jokes....paralyzing really

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      • #4
        QUOTE(Hepatitis Dispenser @ Sep 15 2005, 06:09 PM) Quoted post

        I'm torn betwen 'Dick Pound' jokes or singular testicle jokes....paralyzing really
        [/b][/quote]


        I'm hearing music in my head.....It's the RODEO SONG! [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/ohmy.gif[/img]

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        Well here comes Johnny with his pecker in his hand
        He's a one ball man and he's off to the rodeo
        And it's ala man left and ala man right
        Come on ya fuckin' dummy get your right step right
        Get off the stage god damn goof ya know... [/b][/quote]

        http://experts.about.com/q/2273/3312256.htm (scroll down)

        [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/laugh.gif[/img]

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        • #5
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          Updated: Sep. 15, 2005, 11:57 PM ET
          Lance quashes chance of coming out of retirement
          Associated Press

          The nasty tug of war between the bosses of the international cycling union and the World Anti-Doping Agency over who leaked documents accusing Lance Armstrong of doping claimed its first casualty Thursday:

          Armstrong, who said just days ago that this latest fight to clear his name had stoked his competitive desires, made clear Thursday he wasn't interested in returning to the sport he dominated.

          "Sitting here today, dealing with all this stuff again, knowing if I were to go back, there's no way I could get a fair shake -- on the roadside, in doping control, or the labs," Armstrong said on a late-afternoon conference call.

          "I think it's better that way," he added a moment later. "I'm happy with the way my career went and ended and I'm not coming back."

          Armstrong and his handlers spent most of the remaining 45 minutes with reporters criticizing WADA chief Dick Pound.

          It was Pound who set off another round of charges and counter-charges earlier Thursday by accusing cycling union boss Hein Verbruggen of supplying documents used by a French newspaper to charge that Armstrong used the blood-boosting drug EPO during his first tour win in 1999.

          Armstrong, who has repeatedly denied ever using banned drugs, said he was the victim of a "witch hunt" after the report came out last month in L'Equipe, France's leading sports daily.

          Armstrong said he was concerned Pound might be seeking revenge for an open letter he sent to newspapers and the WADA chief several years ago, defending his sport against the widely held notion that cycling was rife with performance-enhancing drugs.

          "I was not trying to say that Dick was bad guy or a crook," Armstrong said of his letter, "but I might want to say that today. ... He's trying to divert attention from the serious ethical issues involving WADA and himself."

          His agent and attorney went even further, accusing Pound of smearing Armstrong in public without conclusive proof or due process. They also said Pound had a hand in ensuring that an identifying code was included with the results of tests for EPO conducted by a French lab on Armstrong's urine samples six years after they were taken.

          If true, that would violate WADA's own protocol requiring that any tests be done strictly for purposes of research.

          Calls seeking comment from Pound at both his WADA office and home in Montreal were not immediately returned Thursday.

          Earlier Thursday, Pound said he received a letter from Verbruggen acknowledging the cycling union, known as UCI, had provided L'Equipe's reporter with forms indicating Armstrong had doped during his first Tour victory.

          "Mr. Verbruggen told us that he showed all the forms of Mr. Armstrong to L'Equipe and that he even gave the journalist a copy of one of the documents," Pound said during a conference call from Montreal.

          "I don't understand why they're not stepping up to that and saying, 'Well, I guess we do know how the name got public, we made it possible,' " he said.

          But Armstrong said that he himself had authorized releasing the forms to L'Equipe. He said the request from the newspaper was to check whether the UCI had granted him any medical exemptions during competition, not to find out if the numerical code used by race official to identify Armstrong matched the one attached to the urine samples.

          Last Friday, the UCI said it had not received enough information to make a judgment on the doping accusations.

          It also criticized L'Equipe for targeting Armstrong and Pound for making public statements on the "likely guilt of the athlete" without knowing all the facts.

          Pound countered by saying, "It's .... quite clear the only way there could have been a match between the code numbers and a particular athlete was on the basis of information supplied by the UCI."

          He then questioned the UCI's willingness to fully investigate L'Equipe's accusations and wondered whether the cycling body was merely looking for a "scapegoat."

          If so, Armstrong suggested Pound should look in a mirror.

          "Is Dick Pound a vindictive person and somebody who holds grudges?" he said. "Perhaps."

          Armstrong again refused to rule out legal action against L'Equipe. And while he said again he wouldn't make a comeback next summer, it's not because of a lack of competitive desire.

          Asked whether rumors that President Bush beat him in a bike race during a visit to Crawford, Texas, several weeks ago, Armstrong replied, "no," but insisted the president was a strong rider.

          "But we didn't subject him to any medical controls, so we don't know if his performance was enhanced. In my opinion," he added, laughing, "it was suspicious." [/b][/quote]

          "Can't buy what I want because it's free...
          Can't buy what I want because it's free..."
          -- Pearl Jam, from the single Corduroy

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