It is good to see Gambles taking a stance.
I wonder what would happen if before the race even started all the pros said to the RD we aren't racing if
you are knowingly allowing an athlete with a history of doping to participate?
I read the entire thing and liked the read. Relative to your question, how does a race director not allow someone who is legally entitled to race from racing. I believe Gerardmer is part of the Challenge group of races and they are locally governed under national federation rules, making it legal for the ex cyclist doper to race. Having said that, I believe that Fexlix from Challenge has said no ex doper will ever get a pro invite to Roth, so not sure how he does it. For example, I don't believe that WTC can keep Antonio Colom of of WTC races. He was suspended for doping as a pro cyclist. He is still the holder of the Mortirolo stage from the 2008 Giro....after his suspension was complete, he got into triathlon and later won IM Frankfurt 2014 and won the 2014 70.3 World's in Tremblant in 35-39
Any of these races are private enterprise. They can deny someone entry for any reason that is allowable under the law. Like, "no shirt, no service."
There's no doubt that any of these races COULD disallow someone convicted of doping from starting. The question is SHOULD they? I don't know. WADA has set up the code to allow athletes to serve their suspension and then return. It's not a perfect system, but it's the best we've got for now.
WTC could indeed disallow Colom. But as a WADA signatory, what does it achieve? WTC supports the WADA Code. Disallowing Colom, who served his suspension, would undercut that.
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