He was named the greatest cyclist in the world for winning the Tour de France for seven consecutive times. He battled and survived testicular cancer and later founded the Lance Armstrong Foundation which gives support to cancer-stricken patients. He got the fame and admiration that any athlete would ever dream of having. But the sad and ugly truth is even all those accomplishments didn’t seem enough to save him from the disgrace brought by his doping allegations.
This summer, Armstrong decided to give up his fight with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) which maintained that the American cyclist had used banned substances since 1996. Though the agency claimed that his decision is an admission of guilt, he pointed that he just couldn’t enter USADA’s unfair arbitration process.
These days, Armstrong remains in the headlines following the release of USADA’s report that details the seasoned cyclist’s participation and role in what the agency calls a “sophisticated doping program.” The report gave reasons behind USADA’s decision to strip Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles and hand him a lifetime ban.
According to a NYTimes.com feature, USADA’s report cited witness testimony, financial records, and laboratory results of Armstrong’s blood samples taken between February 2009 and at the end of April this year. The report says that Armstrong, in the early 2000s, started to personally enforce the team doping program and supplied testosterone to teammates. And the most basic technique, outlined in the report, that Armstrong and his teammates used to elude positive drug tests was simply running away or hiding.
So, how are Americans taking Armstrong’s doping scandal? What were the Americans’ reactions for his refusal to contest the charges hurled against him?
TestCountry finds out in a survey conducted from over 800 participants. To view the results, please visit TestCountry Survey: How People Felt about Lance Armstrong Quitting His Fight Against Doping Allegations.