Pound slammed by WADA's vice-president for Armstrong accusation

Many in the world of sport have been shocked by the hasty response of WADA boss Dick Pound to L'Equipe's accusations that Lance Armstrong administered EPO in the 1999 Tour de France. The World Anti-Doping Agency's own athlete-protecting protocols were breached by the French doping lab yet Pound immediately went on the offensive against Armstrong. Now, Danish Minister of Culture Brian Mikkelsen - vice president of WADA - has criticised Pound's handling of the affair.
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Mikkelsen said the L'Equipe story lacked hard evidence and as such should have been handled with caution.

According to Danish government website, Denmark.dk, Mikkelsen is to contact WADA president Dick Pound and expand on his opinion that rushing to accuse Lance Armstrong over disputed drug tests on five-year old urine was a bad move.

"Such a statement should only be made if there is a legal basis for it. That's why I think Dick Pound's statement was unwise."

Pound had said the L'Equipe story 'proved' there was a "very high probability" that Armstrong used EPO in 1999, a claim denied by Armstrong.

Mikkelsen said preferred to wait for a report from WADA looking at all the evidence before he offered his opinion.

"Before I have received the report, I won't comment further on the case. I will contact Dick Pound, however, and inform him about my view on the matter," said Mikkelsen.

OTHER NEWS: Lance Armstrong yesterday announced he and Sheryl Crow were engaged to be married.

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