German government threatens to withdraw support from world's

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  1. Serafino

    Serafino New Member

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    Pretty ironic considering the fact they'd probably fall over themselves to run Track and Field Grand Prixs ... no drugs in that sport
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    Minister: 'Cancellation would herald the new start cycling needs'
    By Agence France Presse
    This report filed July 6, 2007
    The 2007 world road race championships, scheduled for Stuttgart in September, could be called off due to the wave of doping scandals hitting cycling, a German government minister has warned.

    "The world championships in Stuttgart are in a critical situation and it's not inconceivable that the organizing committee will have to reconsider everything," Interior Minister Wolfgang Schauble was quoted as saying in Saturday's edition of Tagesspiegel.

    "Perhaps we'll have to reach the conclusion that a spectacular cancellation (of the championships) would herald the new start cycling needs," he argued.

    Schauble added that the German government was prepared to withhold its promised 150,000 euros contribution to help stage the September 26-30 event unless cycling cleaned up its act.

    "We're not going to give this money to a sport associated with drug-taking," he told the paper. "If the 2007 world championship organizers want to be responsible they will have to prove that their event is different to the others."

    Schauble is scheduled to meet with UCI president Pat McQuaid and the head of the German cycling federation, Rudolph Scharping, on Monday to discuss the situation.

    High on his shopping list at those talks will be an assurance that competitors will be subjected to doping controls conducted by the World Anti-Doping Authority.

    "I find that better than letting the federations carry these out," he said.

    Schauble's threat of calling off the championships was echoed by Stuttgart city council member Susanne Eisenmann who also called for the German cycling federation to ban sprinter Erik Zabel, who recently admitted to taking EPO, from taking part.

    "Whoever has taken drugs before shouldn't be allowed to compete in these world championships which want to be seen as a fresh start," she said.

    This will come as bad news to Zabel who has targeted Stuttgart as the last major objective of his long career.

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  2. Doctor.House

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    Typical posturing for IOC points.

    If the German's were serious about anti-doping:

    1) Jan Ulrich would be sanctioned
    2) Erik Zabel would lose his license
    3) T-Mobile would be disbanded

    But they aren't---only concerned with appearances.

    Never take doping denounciations seriously. It is just another cover story.
     
  3. wolfix

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    If this actually happens..... Germany should never be allowed to run another UCI event.
    The UCI should demand legal commitment today..... And if they are not given that, they should pull the event right away and they would still have time to consider another course.
    There are other countries that would love to have it and not play moralist.
    The country of Germany always has a thing with imposing it's rights on others.
     
  4. Doctor.House

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    Germany reminds me of Texas.

    Bad weather, steroid corn fed cattle, BBQs, oil economy, blood for oil policy, Haliburton/Brown & Root, 10 gallon hats, drinking and driving, guns, Southern Baptist churches, cheerleaders, steroid high school football, denial, and plenty of drunken lectures.

    Great state that it ain't.
     
  5. wolfix

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    Hey ...... German Texan here..... transplanted to the land of corn/cattle.

    Ain't no time for Baptists, but gotta love those Cowboys, Austin City Limits,Janis Joplin and Willie, and of course Tony Lama's.
    Year around riding, BBQ , and a occasional rattle snake.
    Gotta love it......
     
  6. Bro Deal

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    How dare they not want to spend tax payer money on a dope show. Those puritans.

    That's rich. A texan and a Bush apologist dissing another country for imposing its rights on others. Cough**Iraq**cough!! At least no innocent people will get killed in this case.
     
  7. wolfix

    wolfix New Member

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    And you are a what?

    They have the right to not have the event. But then they should not ever want another race. You can't pick and choose.

    Bush represents America, not just Texas. It was the American people who voted him in. But this part of the conversation belongs in another thread over in the soapbox.


    * Not a Texas resident anymore. But desire to be.
     
  8. Doctor.House

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    Not so fast Wofly---The US Supreme Court selected Bush to be President as he DID NOT HAVE sufficient electorial votes to win straight up. Neither did Al Gore.

    The US electorial college is a lot like doping control. What goes in, seldom comes out.

    In any case, Lydon B Johnson (Democrat) helped found Brown & Root (now a Haliburton subsidiary)

    Blood for oil has always been the USA policy re: energy and Exxon profits.

    Donkey or Elephant politicians, it matters not. With 14 new air forces under construction inside Iraq and a $1 BILLION, 140 acre US embassy in Bagdad---Hillary & Billy Clinton would never exit that $10 TRILLION in wholesale value oil rich region. It is the commercial property of Exxon/Mobile.

    Jimmy Carter or George Bush, Jr. the US energy policies have never changed.
     
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