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The witch hunt against Lance Armstrong isn't over

In describing the status of cyclist Lance Armstrong, reporter Jill Rosen somehow managed to turn from straight reportage to editorializing ("To host Lance Armstrong, triathlon drops sanctioning," Sept. 21).

Mr. Armstrong has not been proven guilty of anything and has been pursued by the several anti-doping authorities for most of his career. I can only assume that he finally gave up fighting the USADA's most recent attacks because he was worn out after all of this fighting — or maybe it was just the continuing financial cost of defending himself.

The Ulman Cancer Fund's primary objective is to raise money for a worthy cause, not to provide a venue for "serious" athletes to accrue points (I, too, am a cancer survivor, having benefited from research funded by similar charities).

Just because some sanctioning body, in its holier-than-thou attitude, refuses to recognize Mr. Armstrong's right to compete and extends its judgment to any event in which he decides to participate, that in no way makes the entire event "unsanctioned." Only Mr. Armstrong's achievements should be excluded from the results.

Mr. Armstrong has been pursued throughout his career because the Europeans did not want a challenger to "their" sport, much less a very successful one. They have never been able to make a credible case against him — hence his longevity as a long-distance cyclist — but that hasn't stopped them from trying.

I often wonder why the USADA continues to chase after him, especially since he has given up the Tour de France, among other races. This reminds me of other shameful episodes in which athletes have been denied the opportunity to compete.

Ms. Rosen needs to learn how to report news as news and not editorialize or take sides. She is coloring the events rather than letting us make up our own minds based on the facts she uncovers.

Manny Flecker, Columbia

Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun
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