September 28, 2011
Prior user Sevilla pinged 6 months for potential masking agent – and other moral dilemmas
So by enhancing yourself with a product – any product really – then you are taking yourself into ethically interesting territory. It’s just a matter of distinction by degree where you personally draw the line. Drugs vary by effect and danger. Altitude training and cryotherapy costs money and isn’t available to all. Some bike makers claim weight, stiffness or aerodynamic advantages that aren’t available to others. And so on. How you personally address your individual ethical situation is up to you. You can take a stricter or looser approach and balance your risks accordingly.
Now Oscar Sevilla has previous form here but we should forget that and just look at the situation as it stands. He’s a good rider, perhaps even a great one, who has taken decisions that have led to various penalties. He’s paid the price. And now he’s paying again. Is it any different from speeding in your car and paying the fine or accepting the disqualification?
Oscar Sevilla (Gobernacion De Antioquia-Indeportes Antiquia) has been handed a six month suspension by the Spanish Cycling Federation for his Hydroxyethyl Starch (HES) positive that occurred in last year’s Vuelta a Colombia.