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WADA chief calls Contador a 'cheat'

other Updated: Feb 07, 2012 23:40 IST

The president of the World Anti-Doping Agency says Alberto Contador should be considered a "cheat" now that he has been found guilty of doping and stripped of his 2010 Tour de France title.

WADA President John Fahey says anyone found with a banned substance in their body "is a cheat. It is as simple as that." Fahey, who was speaking Tuesday in an interview with The Associated Press, says that Monday's ruling against Contador by the Court of Arbitration for Sport was "clear."

The Swiss sports court held the Spaniard responsible for his positive doping test at the 2010 Tour, which he won. It rejected Contador's claim that eating a contaminated steak caused his failed test.

Outrage in Spain
Spain's press Tuesday slammed a two-year doping ban on Spanish cycling hero Alberto Contador as a legal muddle that left Spain looking as if it favoured drug cheats.

"The sanction against Alberto Contador should go down in the history books of folly," said sports daily Marca in an editorial. "Whatever way you look it, it is an unprecedented legal outrage that puts the whole system under suspicion."

Leading the fight
Reigning Tour de France champion Cadel Evans says the ban shows the sport is at the forefront in the battle against drugs.

"Cycling has done more than enough to show it's doing the right things when it comes to the fight against drugs. Now it's time for other sports to replicate what we do."