Should an admitted doper be allowed to race again?

Doping has a long history in endurance sports. For many, the face of this epidemic is Lance Armstrong, a man who won a record-setting 7 Tours de France, only to have them stripped after a doping admission. The admission also brought a lifetime ban from triathlon, a sport he took up after retiring from cycling.

There are arguments to be made on all sides of the doping debate. But, one question that keeps coming up in about reinstatement. A recent LAVA Magazine cover story took it on, prompting a swell of reactions from age-groupers and professionals alike.

Credit: LAVA Magazine
Credit: LAVA Magazine

The story comes at a coincidental time. A few days ago, the Cycling Independent Reform Commission (CIRC), an independent, three-member panel tasked by cycling’s governing body, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), with “investigating the causes and patterns of doping within cycling.”

The 200+ page CIRC report is revealing, also shedding light on doping in the modern peloton. It’s also making some current riders a bit uneasy, some of which have chosen not to address questions about it by the press.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on the debate. Should an athlete who admitted to using performance enhancing drugs be afforded a second chance at competing? If so, what does that say about the credibility and integrity of triathlon?

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2 thoughts on “Should an admitted doper be allowed to race again?

  1. Touchy subject, but if not given the chance to show they are reformed, what incentive is there to come clean? I think fines and suspensions could be hefty enough to teach the lesson rather than a lifetime ban.

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  2. I don’t think so. He knew the rules against doping and consciously decided to take the risk. He has to then suffer the consequences. And he took advantage of the community, making everyone in cycling believe that he was a kind of Superman. And he did it for a long time. He shouldn’t be allowed back.

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