There's no question Armstrong was simply a Pied Piper among a legion of cheats, and the sport's governing body has done very little to discourage those unethical shenanigans. Perhaps it's best for the International Olympic Committee to clean house before cycling is allowed back into the five-ring party.

gdiaz@tribune.com

Not just a cycling problem

Gary R. Blockus

Morning Call

If the International Olympic Committee decides to ban the sport, then it's making perhaps the most politically and financially motivated statement since the reinstatement of the modern Games in 1896, while being hypocritical.

Where was such a cry after the East German women showed up at the 1976 Olympics looking like men and dominated in the pool? Where was the outcry to ban throwing events or spring in track and field?

The assertion that the IOC should remove cycling from the Games is like saying the NFL should remove helmets and shoulder pads to prevent players from using their heads as weapons. PEDs aren't just a cycling problem, they're a sports problem.

gblockus@tribune.com