I'm not for doping... What I am for is the people governing the sport not trying to be the star of the show and use doping as their circus spotlight.
For starters, I never say "the (insert country) and in fact have a problem with people from several different areas including north america. The nationalism thing is pure bullsh!t. In fact I say "French or not" to clarify I am not being Nationalistic.
Maybe it's good not to paraphrase but to quote fully and not take anything out of context or snippets...
And yes, I absolutely wrote that. And you'll not note a single case where I am mentioning a country or any sort of Nationalism.
My point is simply that in that particular interview Bordry simply wanted to speak to the press about nothing except to say hi might have further doping scandal.
In my opinion, when heads of organizations address the press ahead of having any information or data, that is simply doing no good at all and amounts to self promotion. Weather it's Pound (North America) McQuaid or Bordry makes no difference.
That Bordry clarified later and seperately provided information does not take away his other actions where he simply spoke up to the press about nothing at all.
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It seems that over the past few years the biggest stars in Cycling have come under scrutiny for doping… While that's certainly proving itself out, the larger problem for the sport may just be that doping is now the celebrity.
Several publications ran headlines Wednesday regurgitating the Agence France Presse coverage of French national anti-doping agency (AFLD) chief Pierre Bordry's claim that there's more to come on the 08' Tour Doping…
Once I read the release I realized that he repeatedly used the term "Transfusions" to describe a sample.
"We possess considerable evidence from blood transfusions. We will only say later who it is," Bordry is quoted... And I initially thought that the translation was mistaken and he meant "of blood transfusions" instead of From blood transfusions.
But then, reading on, it was simply wrong terminology. Not sure when, but the sooner someone tells the head of French Doping that a Transfusion means blood out, then back in, and is not just a sample - the better. And one would think a guy in that position would have the lingo down…
Of course I could be wrong if Bordry's got 35 pro cyclists stuffed in a freezer awaiting testing, and I haven’t seen several of the top pros lately…
But then Bordry is simply doing what has all too often become the norm for officials in cycling that, French or not, all seem to have Napoleon's complex.
Dick Pound had it too… His constant attacks did little, but verbal slings at Lance Armstrong put him on the map, because it's great publicity to have your name next to someone that has genuine worldwide recognition…
The UCI's Pat McQuaid also recognized the benefits of beating on the sport and grabbing publicity when he leaked the results of Floyd Landis' test…
McQuaid: "...we know that the French laboratory...has a close connection with [French sports daily] L'Équipe, and we did not want this news to come through the press, because we are sure they would have leaked it."
No way McQuaid was going to let the news papers get the publicity and credit first.
And the ASO this year certainly turned heads by allowing several tainted teams to participate in the Tour while maintaining the block of Astana… One would wonder though why the guys that own the world’s biggest race needed to prove a point by keeping Astana out, only to have their true intent questioned by those they let in…
What ever the case, they did get to say "Cheese" quite often in the process and increase their own coverage.
In the past decade, the sport has grown in world recognition and popularity and that's created added pressure on a lot of people running several aspects of cycling.
The problem is that a lot of these organizations are simply not run by people of the caliber required to handle the increased responsibility. What winds up happening is that there is a simple lack of leadership and a bit of a power vacuum and several people aspire to step to the front.
When you lack the genuine leadership ability, self promotion and hype is the next best thing, and in cycling, the easiest way to get the press running for your door is to yell "I know a Doper!"
And the Press are hot-hot-hot to give it all the attention they can… Folks like Bordry and McQuaid and Pound in the past, do nothing but harm the sport when they present themselves instead of presenting facts and information.
At a time when pro cycling needs eagles, we keep getting peacocks and vultures
We absolutely need professional handling of the sports biggest problem,
What we don't need is the grandstanding, regardless of continent, by the people that should be working to solve the problems.
Instead we keep getting people that try and make the problems as big a deal as they can in order to make their handling of the problem seem more important.