It's clear that effective policies and interventions are necessary to deal with the current problems associated with underground steroid labs. But the involvement of WADA and USADA may divert the discussion to tangential issues.
There is widespread drugging of equine athletes, but leaders of many racing organizations are fiercely resisting reforms at the national level, even though the whole enterprise engages in interstate gambling only with the consent of Congress.
Admitting to use of performance enhancing drugs and subsequently resolving his outstanding legal issues stemming from the allegations against him are necessary steps for Armstrong to re-attract sponsors.
Livestrong, to survive, will need to be rebranded under a new name and over time it becomes just another cancer charity competing with countless others for money. Unless Lance Armstrong comes clean and apologizes.
In a June letter to Armstrong, subsequently made public, the USADA said samples taken from the cyclist in 2009 and 2010 were "fully consistent with blood manipulation including EPO use and/or blood transfusions."
Armstrong might lose his seven titles, but he seems confident that he is in little danger of losing anything else. The public has become so inured to doping stories now that it pretty much assumes every athlete takes something or other in the race to the top.