This morning, famous sports athlete Lance Armstrong was ripped away from his accomplishments and banished from the sport of cycling forever.
The USADA [U.S. Anti-Doping Agency] through time had fought to try to prosecute Armstrong for alleged drug use during the cyclist’s dominance in Tour De France. After experiencing multiple grueling court battles with the USADA, Armstrong had finally chose to cut his losses and withdraw from fighting the allegation.
Armstrong’s decision to throw in the towel prompted the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency’s next move and that was to surprisingly strip the cyclist’s seven Tour De France titles from 1999-2005. Armstrong’s lawyers are currently trying to fight the punishment.
Regardless of your opinions on Lance Armstrong if you even care or not, he will always be remembered for his bravery and pure determination. No one in this world could ever take that away from him nor should anyone want to. After being diagnosed with testicular cancer, Armstrong managed to come back and dominate the sport of cycling like no one has ever seen.
Lance Armstrong to this day maintains his innocence, but could no longer withstand the agony of trying to fight the USADA.
“I have been dealing with claims that I cheated and had an unfair advantage in winning my seven Tours since 1999. The toll this has taken on my family and my work for our foundation and on me leads me to where I am today — finished.” -ESPN
“If I thought for one moment that by participating in USADA’s process, I could confront these allegations in a fair setting and — once and for all — put these charges to rest, I would jump at the chance,” Armstrong said. “But I refuse to participate in a process that is so one-sided and unfair.” -Washington Post
With so much “cheating” in the world of sports today, do you believe that Lance Armstrong is innocent or guilty?
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