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How the USADA, CAS, and WADA are broken, and what should be done.

The World Anti-Doping Agency and the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS); which is supposed to be where athletes can appeal allegations, only they rarely win. American athletes have lost 58 of 60 cases before the CAS. Im not so much concerned with if Lance Armstrong is guilty or innocent, I am more focused on how broken the WADA, USADA, and CAS is and how much power they think they have. How does an agency that is supposed to regulate drug testing strip a guy of seven titles without a single positive drug test? Also, how is it that an American agency can decide to invalidate somebody’s results achieved in Europe, in a sport it doesn’t control? Let’s take Alberto Contador case for example. He was found to have a minuscule, insignificant amount of clenbuterol in his urine during the 2010 Tour de France. After hearing 4,000 pages of testimony and debate, CAS acknowledged that the substance was too small to have been performance-enhancing and that its ingestion was almost certainly unintentional. So the verdict: Guilty, why? “There is no reason to exonerate the athlete so the ban is one year”-Panel Member on CAS. Then the former prime minister of Spain, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, had openly declared his belief that Contador was innocent. So WADA slapped on another year for the ban, making it two years instead of one, the president of WADA actually publicly announced that Contador's penalty was made harsher because his prime minister had the nerve to challenge WADA’s authority. Would you want to go before a court like this?

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