Friday, February 10, 2012

The Slow Wheels of Justice in Cycling

As I noted earlier in the week, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) finally suspended Alberto Contador for two years, retroactive to his positive test in 2010. The question remains as to why it took a year and a half following his positive test for a final decision to be made (which is still subject to appeal). Later in the week, the CAS officially handed Jan Ullrich two-year ban, nearly six years after the alleged incident, and five years after Ullrich officially retired as a professional cyclist. According to published reports, the International Cycling Union was disappointed that Ullrich was banned for only two years, rather than for life (see here). What a joke. Apparently, the wheels of justice in the sports world grind even more slowly than those of the US civil and criminal justice systems.

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