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Andrew Messick spoke w/ @JuliaPolloreno about the WTC rule that is keeping @LanceArmstrong from racing Ironman events:

Andrew Messick spoke w/ @JuliaPolloreno about the WTC rule that is keeping @LanceArmstrong from racing Ironman events:

So, I understand why rules like that exist, and I understand why it was put in place at WTC, but there’s a real serious issue that relates to due process and the presumption of innocence. And there is a vigorous and spirited debate that you can have about whether a rule like that is appropriate. That said, we have it, and we used it with [Austrian pro mountain biker turned triathlete] Michael Weiss . The conversation and debate that we had internally was: even if you don’t think it’s a rule that is appropriate given your own broader point of view on doping and the specific circumstances as it relates to Lance Armstrong, the original intention of the open-investigation rule is you have someone who’s failed their A sample and they’re waiting to get their B sample result. Do you want them in your race? Clearly Lance’s situation is very different: there’s no failed drug test. ...

Full article: http://triathlon.competitor.com/2012/06/news/behind-the-l...

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