blablabla... sports is like a club. You can be kicked out for whatever reason, whenever the club decides to kick them out. They can go and cry at the Court of Sport Arbitration if they feel treated unfairly, which they won´t, and only individual athletes ever do.
Agree, and in addition - all the contracts of this "club membership", such as Olympic Charter, IOC and memberships in it, and the likes were written in times when there was big deal of trust in these institutions, there was no track record of authority abuse, and it was truly believed (not just stated) that "sports is above politics". Not much in those contracts can be challenged in courts even. And blanket bans like this, not even bothering to see whether or not each individual athlete has anything to do with what's being alleged - is the greatest way to destroy this tryst. It's time to change this "club" approach, obviously, in favor of something more structured.
The simple fact that you ask for a legitimate trial makes pretty clear that there is a rock solid process behind the ban, you just need to discredit it as illegitimate. Which is of course party line.
Where was the process? Where do you see one? The same individuals investigated, adjudicated and penalized, without anything else. WADA doesn't even have any processes that could be called clearly defined.
A well defined process should involve at least clearly defined responsibilities of investigation, rights of the defendant (an athlete, a country, a sports organization), and an independent adjudicating body. It can even have a country with established legislature - in international commercial contracts they often define jurisdiction in which disputes between parties are to be resolved (e.g. Stockholm Arbitration Court, London courts, State of Delaware). Same requirements should be here, but there is none of that.
That court has a track record of being fair to the point of leaning towards innocent until proven guilty, which is too high a standard for civil cases anywhere else.
So what - just keep issuing this kind of blanket bans, breaking thousands of careers, without any any standards at all, as it is now? Yes, there has to be a standard, and it better be high. No athlete or organization should be limited in their rights to compete without a decision of an independent adjudicating body, and with all rights and opportunities to present and defend themselves. As it is anywhere else in civil legislature. Then we will not have any sorts of "whistle-blowers" with reputation that is questionable at best.
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