WASHINGTON, Oct 22, 2012 (AFP) – The head of the US anti-doping body called
Monday for a truth commission to uncover drug cheats in cycling, saying that
punishing Lance Armstrong is not nearly enough to restore its credibility.
“It is essential that an independent and meaningful Truth and
Reconciliation Commission be established so that the sport can fully unshackle
itself from the past,” USADA chairman Travis Tygart said in a statement.
It came after the International Cycling Union endorsed a US Anti-Doping
Agency decision to erase the rider’s entire career after August 1998.
UCI president Pat McQuaid called the scandal “the biggest crisis” the sport
had ever faced and the world body said it would strip Armstrong of virtually
every result he had achieved.
Earlier this month, month the US body released a devastating 202-page
dossier on Armstrong, with more than 1,000 pages of supporting testimony on
how he was at the heart of the biggest doping program in the history of sport.
In his statement Monday, Tygart said acting against Armstrong is not enough.
“There are many more details of doping that are hidden, many more doping
doctors, and corrupt team directors and the omerta has not yet been fully
broken,” he said.
Tygart said punishing Armstrong and riders who came forward to talk about
his doping activities cannot be seen as “penance for an era of pervasive
“There must be more action to combat the system that took over the sport,”
Tygart said, proposing a panel to receive confessions from dopers that have
not yet come forward.
“Only an independent Truth and Reconciliation Commission can fully start
cycling on the path toward true reform and provide hope for a complete break
from the past.”