So he got banned in entering the Chicago Marathon for their October 7, 2012 race and that also includes ANY event which falls under the World Anti-Doping Code. No Running, cycling, swimming or other sport competitions for him… ever!
Ruling states that if an athlete is banned by one sport, the ban must be recognized by the other federations which have signed the code.
“The agreement, signed by USADA and U.S. Olympic sports governing bodies, includes a “mutual recognition” principle. Under the rules, if an athlete is banned from competition under the World Anti-Doping Agency Code, this includes any event or competition that is sanctioned by a sport governing body which is a signatory to the Code, irrespective of the athlete’s level or expected results,” said USADA spokesperson Erin Hannan.
Now, for a person who was been raising millions to help cancer patients through his foundation who has never proven nor failed on any drug test he has supposedly tested in, banning him on any sport he wants to join in is i think too harsh.
This is a good opportunity for others marathons not binded by this code to invite him run their races… and join the cause to further fight cancer.
Here is the full report at Runner’s World: