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Lance calls doping a 'mistake'

2013-01-18 07:33

Los Angeles - Disgraced US cycling star Lance Armstrong said in an interview broadcast on Thursday that he was "sorry" for taking performance-enhancing drugs during his career and that it was a mistake.

"I made my decisions. They're my mistake. And I'm sitting here today to acknowledge that and to say I'm sorry for that," the seven-time Tour de France winner said in an interview with Oprah Winfrey. "The culture was what it was."

VIDEO: Lance Armstrong confesses to doping

"I view this situation as one big lie that I repeated a lot of times," Armstrong said, admitting that he was a "flawed character."

"All the fault and all the blame here falls on me," he said.

Armstrong, after years of denials, acknowledged in the interview taped on Monday that he took several banned performance enhancing substances during his cycling career.

Armstrong said he had blood transfusions and taken EPO, testosterone, cortisone and human growth hormone in all seven of his Tour de France victories.

AFP

Comments
  • neil.ross.5473 - 2013-01-18 07:41

    Your back is against the wall. You have nowhere left to run and, like all criminals, you are now suddenly sorry? Sorry you got found out more like it.

      derek.francois.3 - 2013-01-18 07:50

      AT LAST SCUMBAG COMES CLEAN FINALLY ALL HIS DIE HARD GROUPIES WILL NOW REALIZE HE IS A CON, LIAR AND A CHEAT AFTER ALL THOSE YEARS OF TESTING CLEAN...............................NOW JAIL HIM PLEASE SO FUTURE GENERATIONS WILL REALIZE CHEATING DOES NOT PAY

      neil.ross.5473 - 2013-01-18 08:01

      What's with all these dislikes? So, you think it's OK to lie and cheat, ultimately stealing? Either you are steroid gym bunnies or anc supporters.

      classwar.trotsky - 2013-01-18 08:21

      It seems all the thumbs down are reserved for people calling him for the lying cheat he has belatedly admitted to being. Probably the same people who give a thumbs down whenever Hansie is referred to as a cheat. (Which he also belatedly admitted to.)

      Erna - 2013-01-18 10:36

      Monareng - your values are screwed. His charitable work did not come from his own pocket, but from donations. And not only murder and rape is bad. Lying is one of the big sins. I now understand why so many people support zuma - he hasn't murdered or raped (?) so what he does is OK. Explains everything.

      arthur.vass.1 - 2013-01-18 10:42

      Repentance is the most beautiful any human can ever do. I salute this guy for doing what so many can't do and would rather take to the grave with them. Imagine people see a video file of our lives on a day to day basis. The pen you took at the work place, the time, money or other things you stole from your boss. The illegal things you bought in the street knowing it to be dubious, yet you did it because you wanted to win. The multiple lies you told so you could win a situation. I could go on and on with more serious things such as the many times you cheated on your spouse. Now the sad part of it all is that such a videos of us all does exist. And it will be seen at the great judgement day. There is a great need for all evil to be exposed, because our law system just doesn't get to the bulk of it. And the day of exposure will come. Even our thoughts were recorded while doing wrong! How will we escape all that shame? Answer? Confession to JESUS wipes that video out by His blood. Remember now you crucify Lance-Wait your turn will come unless you do what he did before Jesus. Book yourself an interview with Jesus today, or wait until He summons you to it.

      ClassWarTrotsky - 2013-01-18 11:15

      Book an interview with jesus?? Bwaaahaaaa haaaahaaa!

  • abubaker.salasa.75 - 2013-01-18 07:41

    making the same mistake....over and over and over again....lol ja right

  • Grizzlybear - 2013-01-18 07:47

    Doping 'a mistake?' Did he trip and fall on the EPO needle?

      richard.hipkin - 2013-01-18 09:53

      No, he had people mix it, insert it and monitor it... Why the witch hunt as if everyone is suddenly suprised he doped... I mean really.

  • justin.aguy.33 - 2013-01-18 07:47

    What a chopstick!

  • robert.starke.98 - 2013-01-18 07:50

    He knew what he was doing, he was greedy and just wanted the win. No Sympathy. What the other folk who worked all their life to get to race and failed by doing it the right way

      pagel.trivia - 2013-01-18 08:11

      I don't condone doping, but you don't seriously think he was the only one that doped? They all did.

      Erna - 2013-01-18 10:38

      It's not the doping - it's the years of straight faced lying that's the problem. If he had admitted to it when first accused, there wouldn't be this storm.

  • branden.hart - 2013-01-18 07:50

    Would you be as sorry if you weren't caught - CHOP!!!

      richard.hipkin - 2013-01-18 09:50

      That's why you still drive home after too many drinks right ;)

  • Jacques - 2013-01-18 07:53

    You know...there's only so much booing and jeering one can dish out. Not like we've never messed up. We only do it privately. Dissapointed, disenchanted... But it is what it is. Here's to hoping the cancer sufferers he helped out get to keep something positive from this.

      boet.magundana - 2013-01-18 08:04

      Great message Jacques, these holier-than-thou trolls make me wanna puke. We all lie and cheat at some stage for different reasons and the only difference with Lance is that he got caught.

      darryl.rebello.90 - 2013-01-18 08:06

      Crap...his whole career was a con..he knew exactly what to do and used his cancer issue as part of his smokescreen...if he was really "sorry" he would give all his ill-gotten gains to his foundation and start again as an honest citizen...yea right he wil do that...he and his groupies as just part of the whole narcistic fitness culture who think that they are the most inportant people on earth...just listen to them whine about safety of the roads in SA when they just ride and run as they please...same issue..same tpe of people whose GOD has now fallen...bugger them all

      brian.connell.18 - 2013-01-18 08:14

      The mere fact that his team-mates and the other competitors were able to keep up with him, and challenge him, presents a pretty good case that THEY were also doping. I do not condone cheating, but .... if all the competitors are doing it, surely it levels the playing field as far as performance is concerned. Let's not be naive here .... this sort of thing is prevalent in just about all sports. He got caught. Others will also be caught. It's big business - win at all costs, and EVERYONE in the sport is guilty in one form or another. On the plus side - a large number of cancer sufferers have been helped - you can't take that away from him.

      Erna - 2013-01-18 10:40

      The problem is he kept up the lies for so many years. If he had admitted it when first discovered, there wouldn't be such a outcry. To me the lying is a far greater wrong than the doping.

  • gary.doyle.520 - 2013-01-18 07:56

    A mistake is a once or maybe twice off incident. Over 10 years of lying and cheating is much worse than just a mistake.

  • mura.yllil - 2013-01-18 08:01

    So what ! Let's face the facts : Its a known fact most professional athletes dope. Rugby players , cyclist , marathon athletes any endurance sport even school kids. The list just goes on and on.

      neil.ross.5473 - 2013-01-18 08:18

      Sure, maybe you are right. But most professional athletes don't write books and tell the world how perfect they are and anything is possible through hard work (and lie)! And make millions out of it. The only difference between God and lance is that God doesn't think he is lance.

  • boet.magundana - 2013-01-18 08:02

    C'mon now let's give this bloke a break, he's been through a lot. The media's been given him a togh time all these years. Before we all throw stones at him, let us take a closer look at our own shortcomings, we are not perfect individuals by any stretch of the imagination now, are we??

      Erna - 2013-01-18 10:46

      And that's why this world is the way it is - we have no values, and we don't hold people accountable for their "mistakes".

  • frederick.carstens - 2013-01-18 08:02

    ...A moerse mistake...I'd say.

  • sam.mcdonald.9847 - 2013-01-18 08:06

    Finally he confesses, good for him. I still think he worked extra hard to win all those tournaments. I mean, a lot of cyclist took performance enhancing drugs but they never won a single race. Of coarse there must be consequences for what he did. But everybody make mistakes, don't be too harsh on the guy.

  • mduduzi.gobeni - 2013-01-18 08:06

    Ok lance you made a mistake nhe !!!!! Who did your blood tests ? Who was a ring leader ?do you expect me to Believe your cancer story or was is a created front to divert our attention ? I have more questions than answer .dammit nxaaaa

  • Anton Dekker - 2013-01-18 08:08

    There is not a shred of credibility left in the world of professional cycling. It is high time that the entire sport is thrown out of the Olympic movement, and all other credible sporting authorities. How can you have an Olympic sport that simply cannot control the blatant, rife and ongoing cheating, doping and lying from all sides, athletes, trainers, managers and officials? What a joke! Would any responsible parent encourage their children to be professional cyclists? Not me! That is turning them knowingly into drug abusers! No cycling event or race will ever be taken serious again or be regarded as a “sporting” event. All it boils down to is, my chemist is cleverer than yours! That is not sport!

      chamaine.jennings - 2013-01-18 08:54

      Tell me Anton, have you ever cycled for 280 km @ an average speed of 45km , and that for 14 days straight? I don't think so, so don't be so easy to judge! I am a responsible parent of a son that cycles, and you know what, I will never discourage him to stop! His dream is to become a world champ, go to the olympics and to do the TDF. Just because a few dopes, doesn't mean all do! Yes its wrong and we all condone it, but don't judge all, and most off all don't judge the sport itself. There are still dope-free cyclists out there, and I am a proud mom of 1!!!!

      Anton Dekker - 2013-01-18 09:24

      Charmaine, I do not wish to insult nor denigrate anyone, and my heart bleeds for youngsters that work extremely hard, and live with dreams of greatness. May I be the first to wish your child all the success in the world, and may he proudly wear the world champion’s jersey one day. The current state of professional cycling is disgraceful and that is indisputable. Everyone seems to be involved, it is just the unfortunate few that gets caught. Not only the athletes, but most of all the managements and officials that are proactive in covering all the dirty tricks up, and procuring the necessary pharmaceutical aids and masking agents for the athletes. Let’s be honest, the sport is in a mess, and it seems no one is capable of cleaning it up. Thus, ban the entire caboodle until they get their house in order, and then they can come back into the fold of fair contest sporting codes.

      Erna - 2013-01-18 10:48

      There is little credibility in most sports - and the reason is MONEY. As soon as professional sport became popular, these little schemes to be better started.

  • warren.carne.9 - 2013-01-18 08:08

    Hansie Part 2,boo hoo

  • wiseman.phakathi.5 - 2013-01-18 08:09

    Finally he confesses, good for him. I still think he worked extra hard to win all those tournaments. I mean, a lot of cyclist took performance enhancing drugs but they never won a single race. Of coarse there must be consequences for what he did. But everybody make mistakes, don't be too harsh on the guy.

  • gershwin.bazier - 2013-01-18 08:12

    Next on the list 7 time Formula One champ Michael Schumacher found using epo to make him drive faster

      my10cent - 2013-01-18 08:24

      LOL gershwin, just imagine that?

      gershwin.bazier - 2013-01-18 11:34

      why people hating on me it was just a joke but think about WHAT IF? lol

  • settie.zuweni - 2013-01-18 08:13

    Forgive this man, he has confessed and the world got what they were waiting for! He can carry on with his life after all he has ben stripped of everything he got from the sport!

  • MarkSchrade1980 - 2013-01-18 08:16

    Lance is still a god!!!! He only used it to beat everyone and did a good job at it. If it was a South African he wouldn't even have finished even after using the drugs..... Weldone dude, what a legend!

      Ralph513 - 2013-01-18 08:33

      He was just living the real american dream. Like most of the americans I know.

      Erna - 2013-01-18 10:49

      Yes, and look at what happened to the legend. He is now a legend for all the wrong reasons.

  • msika.bopha.9 - 2013-01-18 08:17

    Oh please news24, now you gonna take every bit of the interview and post it as a headline here? What's next? Armstrong: I was a flawed character (just watch the space)...you guys must get up of your lazy as!es and bring us new stories.

  • Kwanele Mzwanele Masoka - 2013-01-18 08:18

    Is he sorry for taking drugs or for being caught!!!!

  • dufousk.dufous - 2013-01-18 08:21

    Shoot me down in flames but he was an amazing athlete. For all the doping he still managed to beat all the other dopers on the TdF, 7 times nogal.

  • kuschke1 - 2013-01-18 08:22

    It is virtually impossible to win the Tour de France without resorting to some sort of performance enhancing drug. The body cannot cope with the physical stress and punishment over the three weeks.

  • my10cent - 2013-01-18 08:22

    Somehow i think the people pointing fingers here are the ones with the most shortcommings and mistakes in life? How does the saying gow? - "People in glass houses ..."

  • reine.marais - 2013-01-18 08:23

    People truly are like vultures. They are feasting on Lance Armstrong. He has confessed. He is sorry. Where, of where is the Grace of God in people that will allow for reconciliation? Let him who is without sin cast the first stone.....

      kobus.d.kock.5 - 2013-01-18 08:32

      Ag pleez.... Maybe we should should start a support club for the poor vitimised man. He is so humble...

  • ian.robertreid - 2013-01-18 08:24

    It happens u r only sorry when u r caught?? until then u r flying like a kite??

  • coobra.psdw.nkuja - 2013-01-18 08:28

    mistake ma a** and bs....

  • vanblerk.fam - 2013-01-18 08:28

    Its is so easy to throw stones. Yes he made bad choices like eveybody does. Nobady is perfect and I know it to courage to stand up to the whole world and admit your mistakes. How many of you would be able to do that. To proclaim to the world all the mistakes you have made. Be most of you would also try and cover it up rather than admitting to the world. What he did was wrong and he will pay the price for it but judging and trowing stone when none are perfect. If you are however without faults or mistakes by all means throw the stone

  • DPMGG - 2013-01-18 08:36

    I hope our corrupt politicians can learn from Armstrong and confess and say sorryfor their corrupt activities. To many sorry seems to be the toughest word. It takes courage to confess to the world that you have cheated. Well done Armstrong.you have shown remorse at last.

  • Ralph513 - 2013-01-18 08:36

    He was living the real american dream. Just like most americans I know

  • zamani.ndlovu.5203 - 2013-01-18 08:39

    Lance it wasn't a mistake.it was an insatiable appetite for greatness.just look how you have fallen now?.iam sorry for you but I don't wholly blame you.I blame the sports administrators for giving you so much room to cheat.surely everyone wants to be great and be remembered.you fell into the trap with the help of the cycling world of that time

  • Nick - 2013-01-18 08:43

    Lance's confession is just confirming what the sporting world has all known for the last couple of years so no surprises here - the americans just love a bit of drama and hence this whole over the top oprah interview... Either way - Lance was still the best of the doping generation, all the tour contenders throughout his era were as doped up as the next guy. Without the drugs there was no one in the field that could compete for the podium positions. What is sad though is that cycling, particularly the Tour de France, was a much more entertaining sport to watch when the top guys were all "superhuman" and full of drugs. There used to be multiple attacks by the top guys on the big mountain stages which made for awesome viewing. Now that the top guys are (hopefully) a lot cleaner than the lance generation they are not capable of anywhere near waht lance, ulrich, beloki etc used to do. TdF has become a lot less exciting and a lot more predictable. The top time trialers are always going to win now because no one has the "juice" to make big inroads in the mountains anymore..

  • David Steyn - 2013-01-18 08:52

    Why can the machines and equipment that sports people use be enhanced and refined to the state that they currently are? That's OK? but doing the same to the human body is wrong? The cycles that are used today are state of the art machines compared to what was used say 10 years ago or even less so why do they continuously try and make them lighter and faster? Anyone who has been to the Argus will tell you what is available at the Expo. The majority of goods are all marketed to enhance the performance of the cyclist. Energy drinks, gels, powders, skin hugging clothes, streamlined helmets etc etc. I agree with the comments that ask people to leave the man alone. Take the blinkers off people it is happening in all sports and should be legalised.

  • tendayi.biti - 2013-01-18 09:14

    Neil you are right. He was advised that his methods using the drugs were about to be exposed and he said, let me just come out in the open and I might get public sympathy. Lance you are a bloody cheat.

  • jakkielr.lr - 2013-01-18 10:12

    We must get the suppliers contact details and give it to the ANC maybe it will help them to perform better

  • IantheJ - 2013-01-18 11:00

    And he kept making the same "mistake" year after year!!!!

  • stephen.j.dickson.3 - 2013-01-18 14:41

    Lance is a Dope...............bottom line.

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