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Armstrong unaffected by claims

2012-10-11 12:40

Paris - Lance Armstrong on Thursday gave off an air of indifference to claims that he was at the centre of the biggest doping scandal in sporting history, saying that he was concentrating on his charitable work.

"What am I doing tonight? Hanging with my family, unaffected, and thinking about this," he wrote on his Twitter account, linking to his Livestrong foundation website and a series of fund-raising events for cancer research.

The US Anti-Doping Agency on Wednesday gave its reasons into why it banned him for life in August, accusing his US Postal Service team of "the most sophisticated, professionalised and successful doping programme that sport has ever seen".

Eleven former team-mates gave evidence against Armstrong - who battled back from life-threatening cancer to win the Tour de France seven times - accusing him of taking banned substances and enforcing a doping culture within the team.

AFP

Comments
  • paul.botha.967 - 2012-10-11 13:05

    They where all doping he was just the best doper if they have to give the winners medal away number 221 will probably receive it!

      rinus.groeneveld.7 - 2012-10-11 20:30

      Yes Paul - and number 221 retired at the end of the second stage ... because he did not dope! :-) People must remember that USADA is a Goverment agency, so you must justify your salary somehow - and they chose a 13 year long witch-hunt against ONE cyclist whilst EVEREBODY was doping. The Youth Development Agency in our own country is a similar entity - they just chose to have a R140 million party every year to justify their existence. The must let the USADA guys try their hand at the Tour de France - they will not make stage 1, even if they dope!

  • Bigsexy.jm - 2012-10-11 13:11

    Good for you! Don't let these idiots get to you #livestrong

      dawood.timol - 2012-10-11 13:42

      # CHEATSTRONG

      derek.francois.3 - 2012-10-11 21:42

      Another mislead groupie, just jail the cheat scumbag already

  • franco.ferreira.773 - 2012-10-11 15:21

    When he is gonna come clean its gonna be messy. The sport was rotten to the core and many more will go down with him. Its a shame. The day i found out Lance is a cheat can only be beaten by the day i found out that father Christmas is not real. Very sad.

      derek.francois.3 - 2012-10-11 21:46

      to think of all the wasted time spent watching the scumbag win seven tours thinking he was great but no he hasn't even got the balls to come clean and ask forgiveness which will surely come when he is finally charged and hopefully sent to prison.............

  • mcarinhas - 2012-10-11 16:18

    @ Rabbie - don’t be an idiot!! If they had to remove cycling from the Olympics, then allot of other sports would have to be banned. Sports like, track and field, Swimming, boxing and weight lifting just to name a few. How many swimmers and track athletes were turned away at the last two Olympics? Go do some research before posting such crap. Doping is in all sports including rugby and even football. I don’t condone doping but what the us anti-doping agency is doing to Lance is a fat joke. The man is not even competing professionally he has retired long time ago. What they should be doing is chasing down the current athletes. When professional sportsman get caught doping, they simply get a fine and 1 or 2 year ban from the sport. Where have you seen them stripping an athlete of all his career wins and on top of this he is a retired athlete. Just look at one of the first and biggest media doping scenes in the 80’s with Ben Johnson, Do you actually think he was the only sprinter at the line-up doping? If I was you I would stop looking at all sports then.

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