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The Cold Filtered Ramblings of Gene Mueller

Why Lance Armstrong gave up the fight: is the system rigged against the athlete?

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You may worship Lance Armstrong.   You may not know the Tour de France from your local pub crawl.

Last week's decision by the cycling champion to give up the fight against doping allegations is a seminal moment in sports: Armstrong, one of the more polarizing characters in athletics, stands to lose his titles amid claims the anti-doping authorities wield powers that make the fight to prove one's innocence virtually impossible.

LA Times columnist Mike Hiltzik goes after the myriad of alphabet organizations that police doping in sports, saying that Armstrong's guilt/innocence aren't the issue, but rather the fact that the playing field is so incredibly tilted that the whole system needs a serious re-do.


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