Pound: Olympics exit may be only way to clean up cycling

Former world anti-doping chief Dick Pound stands by his view that dropping cycling from the Olympics on a temporary basis may be the only way to drive drug use out of the sport.

Pound, a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), will be hoping for support for his view from within the body.

However, Craig Reedie, a British IOC member, has stressed that axing cycling is “not currently on the agenda”.

The cycling world is waiting to learn what Lance Armstrong told Oprah Winfrey in his televised interview this week. Should there be a suggestion that cycling governing bodies were complicit in the doping scandal, Pound believes there would be a strong argument for punishing the sport.

“It’s going to depend on it being clear there’s a significant number of riders and a significant number of teams, and also some involvement of the cycling authorities themselves,” Pound said on BBC Radio Five.

“Maybe the answer is to say to cycling, ‘look, you’ve got to sort this problem out. In the meantime you’re an embarrassment to us’.”

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