No, but UCI must go

Philip Hersh

Chicago Tribune

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.

Accomplishes nothing

Diane Pucin

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

George Diaz

Orlando Sentinel

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.