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Libération - France | Thursday, July 25, 2013

Cycling must clean up its act or die

Just a few days after the end of the Tour de France 2013 the French Senate on Wednesday presented an investigative report on doping practices during the Tour de France 1998. The minister responsible was very right to point out that doping is not only a problem in competitive cycling, comments the left-liberal daily Libération: "In order to combat cheating effectively it is important to look reality in the eye. Competitive cycling has long been stigmatised but it is not the only sport that's not completely clean. Athletics and swimming don't look much better. In sport the ultimate performance is also a question of money. This means that doping often imposes itself as the only solution to keeping up. ... We must focus on prevention and research, we must rethink sanctions and punishment and take into account the set-up of institutions who are dependent on athletic associations. ... Sport has to clean up its act or die."

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