All posts by Nigel Duckworth

UCI and USA Cycling Honor Rights-Violating Qatar

The UCI is holding the Road World Championships in Doha Qatar next month. The USA is sending a team, including a womens team. I think it’s a disgrace.

Bestowing the honor of hosting one of cycling’s most prestigous events, the World Championships, should not be taken lightly. Granting this privilege to a country implies validity and respect, that they are worthy.

In the case of Qatar, nothing could be further from the truth.

While paying lip service to rights, the truth is…

Qatar is an absolute monarchy. Political parties are banned. Slavery is rife. There is no free speech. There is no objective law and no individual rights. It’s barbaric. Not to mention that we’re at war with a more a consistent form of the governing ideology, radical Islam.

“Sharia law is the main source of Qatari legislation according to Qatar’s Constitution. Sharia law is applied to laws pertaining to family law, inheritance, and several criminal acts (including adultery, robbery and murder). In some cases in Sharia-based family courts, a female’s testimony is worth half a man’s and in some cases a female witness is not accepted at all.”

“Flogging is used in Qatar as a punishment for alcohol consumption or illicit sexual relations. Article 88 of Qatar’s criminal code declares the punishment for adultery is 100 lashes. Adultery is punishable by death when a Muslim woman and a non-Muslim man are involved.”

“Apostasy is a crime punishable by the death penalty in Qatar. Blasphemy is punishable by up to seven years in prison and proselytizing any religion other than Islam can be punished by up to 10 years in prison. Homosexuality is a crime punishable in sharia by the death penalty for Muslims, though in Qatar the penalty for consenting males is up to 5 years in prison.”

Source: Human Rights in Qatar, Wikipedia

It goes on… forced labor and more.

This is where the UCI holds it’s most prestigious race of the year. And USA Cycling sees no problem.

Can we still claim to be the land of the free, home of the brave… a shining beacon of liberty? Can we expect to eradicate such horrific abuses of individual rights while turning a blind eye and treating the violators as respected members of the world community? And what does it say to the victims of such regimes?

References

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Highlights of Paris-Roubaix 2016

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History of Paris-Roubaix

“Paris–Roubaix  from its beginning in 1896 until 1967 it started in Paris and ended in Roubaix; in 1966 the start moved to Chantilly and since 1977 it starts in Compiègne (about 85 kilometres (53 mi) north-east from Paris centre). The finish is still in Roubaix. …

Famous for rough terrain and cobblestones… it has been called the Hell of the North, a Sunday in Hell (also the title of a film about the 1976 race), the Queen of the Classics or la Pascale: the Easter race.”

Source: Wikipedia

Highlights from the 114th Paris-Roubaix 2016

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Cycling’s Soiled Reputation Buried at Cyclocross World’s in Belgium

“Where there’s money to be gained, there’ll be the odd dickhead who cheats but cycling is miles ahead of other sports when it comes to testing” – Mark Cavendish

—–

Yes I’ve said “mechanical doping” is in a different moral category to normal doping that it was very unlikely.

Yes, I’ve said it would be extremely hard to get away with that no one would be dumb enough to do it.

Someone did it. At Cyclocross World’s in Zolder Belgium no less. Jeez.  Sky News:

A concealed motor has been discovered during the examination of a bike used by a Belgian cyclist at the world cyclo-cross championships.

The bike was seized by cycling authorities after Femke Van den Driessche, 19, was forced to pull out of the women’s under-23 race due to a mechanical problem.

“It’s absolutely clear that there was technological fraud. There was a concealed motor. I don’t think there are any secrets about that,” said International Cycling Union (UCI) president Brian Cookson.

http://news.sky.com/story/1633189/hidden-motor-found-in-cyclists-race-bike

Cycling.tips has more on the story:

Meanwhile Van den Driessche’s father has, predictably, insisted upon her innocence.

“It’s not Femke’s bike,” he claimed to De Staandard. “The bike was in the pit but it is [belonging to] someone from her entourage, who sometimes trains with her. But it was never the intention that it would be raced.

“Femke has absolutely not used that bike during the race. We are strongly affected by the events. Femke is totally upside down about it.

“We also do not know what ‘technical fraud’ means. But if the intention was to cheat, you would ride that bike, wouldn’t you?

“Femke has been European and Belgian Champion. Why would you do in the world championships?”

His words will likely be viewed with some scepticism, as her brother is currently serving a ban for EPO.

http://cyclingtips.com/2016/01/more-details-emerge-about-motorized-doping-at-cyclo-cross-worlds/

The story, of course, was picked up around by media around the world, as cycling’s sordid reputation plunges lower.

You might be surprised to learn that the minimum sentence for technological cheating is a pathetic 6 months. Yes, you can cheat, get a slap on the wrist and keep racing the same season. How it can be anything less than a lifetime ban is beyond me. And, criminal charges should be brought for fraud.

In a recent development in the story, the Italian manufacturer of Van Den Driessche’s bike, Wilier Triestina, plans to sue her for the damage she’s done to their reputation.

Good.

“Wilier Triestina says it will sue the Belgian cyclist who used a motor on her bike at the cyclo-cross world championships in the latest scandal to rock the sport.

Managing director Andrea Gastaldello said he was ‘stunned’ by the news that Femke Van den Driessche competed in the under-23 race over the weekend with a concealed motor in her Wilier Triestina bike.

‘Our company will take legal action against the athlete and against any (person) responsible for this very serious matter to safeguard the reputation and image of the company,’ the executive wrote in a statement.”

http://espn.go.com/olympics/cycling/story/_/id/14689297/femke-van-den-driessche-caught-using-motor-sued-bike-manufacturer

BTW, Britain’s Evie Richards won the race… but no one seems to care about that right now.

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  • European champion in Powerlifting Victor Beilmann (GER)
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