No, but UCI must go
Cycling gets to stay in the Olympics on one condition: the International Cycling Union leaders who turned a blind eye to doping (best case) or enabled it (more likely) must go.
Ex-UCI President Hein Verbruggen and current President Pat McQuaid have no credibility because they both have spent years allowing the sport to become a doping cesspool.
The International Olympic Committee finds it convenient to say international federations must be independent, but it has told some (figure skating, boxing, weightlifting) to clean up judging or doping issues — or else. The IOC should suspend cycling until it dumps not only Verbruggen and McQuaid but its entire management committee.
Los Angeles Times
It seems more pro cyclists take performance-enhancing substances than don't, but now there seems to be a segment that wishes for cycling to be taken out of the Olympics. That's just silly.
Do we remove track and field? There have been a few "positives" in that sport. Cross-country skiing? Didn't the whole Austrian team get busted one year? And cycling isn't just road cycling. There's track cycling, too, lots of it. There haven't been any drug scandals there. Yet.
And we won't even talk about wrestling and weightlifting. Here's an idea: How about fixing the doping problem and not eliminate the sport? Unless you want your Olympics to be synchronized swimming and beach volleyball, just dumping cycling accomplishes nothing.
Time to clean house
Why not? Cycling is the dirtiest sport on the planet. The sport should market a bumper-sticker that reads: "Honk if you love blood doping."
It wouldn't surprise me if Lance Armstrong throws the sport's governing body under the bus in his interview with Oprah Winfrey. Armstrong is simply trying to cover his butt in the hopes of getting back into some form of elite competition, like triathlons.
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.
Not just a cycling problem
Gary R. Blockus
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.
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