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Cycling boss JimPat McQuaid’s Apartheid Secrets

2 McQuaid-Tour of IrelandWho is this cyclist?

Why is this photograph embarrassing?

Where was he riding?

Why was he using a false name?

When did he shave off his moustache?

So many questions.

Are we watching the dirty deed that got him a life ban from the Olympics? Why should he care?

Thirty-eight years later he’s a member of the IOC!

Funny thing: If you look at his official IOC biography, they forgot to mention that 1976 life ban.

This fellow can hand out medals at the Games but, unlike nearly every other citizen of the planet, is refused the opportunity to win one.

Meet Patrick “Pat” McQuaid, born September 1949. Let’s wind back his biographical clock. In the mid-1970s he was one of Ireland’s top amateur cyclists, determined to be selected for the 1976 Montreal Olympics. His fear was that he might not be fit enough. Pat won the 1975 Tour of Ireland but the Irish cycling season ended in September 1975 and he needed more road racing. And not just for Ireland and the Olympic Ideal.

If Pat raced well in Montreal his chances were greater of getting a pro cycling contract and giving up school-teaching. So he was open to offers. And, Pat says, he ‘got an offer he couldn’t refuse’ – to secretly break international bans on competing in apartheid South Africa.

Six thousand miles later, in early October 1975, he left “Pat McQuaid” on the plane and emerged into the bright Spring Cape Town sunshine relabelled as “Jim Burns.” First thing he needed was a leak. OK, there’s the sign for the Gents but with the baffling Afrikaans words, “Net Blankes” – but underneath was the comforting translation “Whites Only.” Phew, no black man was going to peer at JimPat’s penis.

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Interview with Lance Armstrong’s bike

Zum Fall Armstrong haben sich schon Gott und die Welt geäußert. Doch was Staatsanwälten und USADA bisher nicht gelungen war, schaffte nun Late-Night-Talker Jimmy Fallon (NBC). Er interviewte weltexklusiv den wichtigsten Zeugen … … Lance Armstrongs Fahrrad.

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Doprah oder: The Yes Man

You had oxygen boosting drugs that were incredible beneficial for endurance sports. And that is all I needed. My cocktail was EPO, but not a lot, transfusions. And testosterone, which in a weird way I almost justified because of my history [suffering cancer and losing a testicle], running low. It was like saying we have […]

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UCI President Pat McQuaid: “Lance Armstrong has no place in cycling. He deserves to be forgotten in cycling.”

This is a good day for clean cycling and it would get better if Hein Verbruggan and Pat McQuaid took the honourable course and resigned. — David Walsh (@DavidWalshST) October 22, 2012 Noch läuft die Pressekonferenz des Radsport-Weltverbandes UCI in Genf, die ich live online auf n24 verfolge. Präsident Pat McQuaid hat Kreide gefressen. Radsport […]

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USADA: ‘Reasoned Decision’ in the Lance Armstrong case

Frischware: USADA vs Lance Armstrong. 202 Seiten. Juristenamerikanisch. Viel Spaß beim Studieren.

Today, we are sending the ‘Reasoned Decision’ in the Lance Armstrong case and supporting information to the Union Cycliste International (UCI), the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), and the World Triathlon Corporation (WTC). The evidence shows beyond any doubt that the US Postal Service Pro Cycling Team ran the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen.

The evidence of the US Postal Service Pro Cycling Team-run scheme is overwhelming and is in excess of 1000 pages, and includes sworn testimony from 26 people, including 15 riders with knowledge of the US Postal Service Team (USPS Team) and its participants’ doping activities. The evidence also includes direct documentary evidence including financial payments, emails, scientific data and laboratory test results that further prove the use, possession and distribution of performance enhancing drugs by Lance Armstrong and confirm the disappointing truth about the deceptive activities of the USPS Team, a team that received tens of millions of American taxpayer dollars in funding. (…)

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Armstrong vs Telekom oder: der erschreckende Unterschied zwischen USADA und NADA

Ich mache doch einen neuen Beitrag auf zum Thema, das hier bereits heftig diskutiert wird: Einstellungsverfügungen der Staatsanwaltschaften zu den T-Mobile/Telekom-Dopern und ihren Dopingärzten von der Uniklinik Freiburg – kurz darauf dagegen die schlagzeilenträchtige Entscheidung der amerikanischen Anti-Doping-Agentur USADA und das Resignieren von Lance Armstrong. Ich habe heute Vormittag für Spiegel Online diesen Kommentar gedichtet: […]

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Greg LeMond sagt und sagt und sagt …

Ich weiß jetzt nicht, was alles neu ist an und in den vielen Interviews, die Greg LeMond derzeit gibt – und die von Ralf u.a. hier im Beitrag “Floyd Landis packt aus” verlinkt worden sind. Von diesem kriminellen Rad-Milieu habe ich mich vor Jahren entfernt, in dem ich beispielsweise die Tour-de-France-Berichterstattung der Berliner Zeitung etwas […]

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Floyd Landis packt aus

Da offenbar Gesprächsbedarf besteht, mache ich einen Beitrag zum Thema Floyd Landis auf. Denn zu Wenlock und Mandeville passen die Beiträge über das Doping-Geständnis des langjährigen Armstrong-Gehilfen und gewesenen Tour-de-France-Siegers doch nicht. Die Geschichte im Wall Street Journal ist durchaus spektakulär. Floyd Landis packt also in etlichen Emails an Offizielle und Sponsoren partiell aus – […]

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Was vom Tage übrig bleibt (3)

| 09.09.2008 | 9 Comments

Drei Leseempfehlungen: Wunderbarer Text von Thomas Hahn in der Süddeutschen Zeitung über den französischen Judoka Cyril Jonard, der kaum sehen und hören kann, bei den Paralympics: “Der Mann aus dem Tunnel”. Gary Gaffney auf Steroid Nation über das Comeback von L. A.: “Lance Armstrong is no dope: Planning a 2009 comeback”. Da erscheinen Jürgen Kalwas Anmerkungen […]

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