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Rogge defends cycling

By:
Susan Westemeyer
Published:
July 30, 2006, 1:00 BST,
Updated:
April 20, 2009, 23:22 BST
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News for July 30, 2006

International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge has defended professional cycling in the...

International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge has defended professional cycling in the wake of several big doping scandals that have rocked the sport this year. Quoted on Sporza, Rogge applauded cycling's aggressive approach towards tackling doping. "A sport is credible if there is full drug testing, both during and outside competition," he said. "Not only the athletes have to be punished, but also the people around them. And cycling does that."

Rogge realised that cycling is often singled out, while other sports have their drug problems swept under the carpet. "Doping is in all sports, but the cases in cycling are often in the media. So you get the impression that the problem is bigger there."

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