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Lance confession a 'small step'

2013-01-18 08:34

Colorado - US Anti-Doping Agency chief executive Travis Tygart on Thursday called Lance Armstrong's admission of doping "a small step in the right direction," for the shamed cyclist.

VIDEO: Lance Armstrong confesses to doping

"Tonight, Lance Armstrong finally acknowledged that his cycling career was built on a powerful combination of doping and deceit," said Tygart, who guided the USADA probe that led to Armstrong being stripped of the record seven Tour de France titles and banned from the sport.

Armstrong had previously dubbed USADA's investigation a "witch-hunt" and accusing Tygart and his colleagues of pursuing a "vendetta" against him and going so far as a lawsuit questioning their jurisdiction.

Tygart's brief statement made reference to none of that, nor did it address any details of Armstrong's confessions and which USADA charges Armstrong verified or challenged.

"His admission that he doped throughout his career is a small step in the right direction," Tygart said.

"But if he is sincere in his desire to correct his past mistakes, he will testify under oath about the full extent of his doping activities."

 

AFP

Comments
  • charlesbronson.bronson - 2013-01-18 08:40

    This man confess, now it's time for Africa's most corrupted leader "Showerhead" to confess is corruption and tax theft!!

      chris.gill.9849 - 2013-01-18 08:54

      Like Lance, he'll only confess once he's been proven guilty and had everything taken away from him. Then we'll see him opening up to Noleen, right before he tries to claim her as wife number 5.

      melusi.myaluza - 2013-01-18 09:00

      Nx I hope Zuma weds your wife!!!!!

  • melanie.gardner.7528 - 2013-01-18 08:45

    you look like a dope now! i mean honestly! your kids must be so dissapointed in their lying dad! sis on you!

      johan.blertsie.cilliers - 2013-01-18 10:11

      So glad that you are flawless

      klippies.coke.7 - 2013-01-18 13:27

      He's owned up and now we'll see how the rest of his life turns out. Regardless about how I feel there was some serious money and sponsorship invested and he took it on with a smile. He ruined lives with his lies and publicly humiliated people to keep up with appearances. Looking at the footage I feel sorry for the guy but looking back at the devastation his ambition left behind...

  • patrick.buckley.712 - 2013-01-18 08:53

    I am so bored of this idiot! Great lesson we can learn from this is to be more circumspect before we idolise a person. When something is to good to be true, it usually is.

  • xoli.mabiya - 2013-01-18 08:58

    He got away with cheating and in the process made millions of Dollars, sounds like a story out of RSA, the only difference is the currency and the fact that he is not a head of state...#Just my dumbness

  • Jordi - 2013-01-18 09:00

    At least he had ball to confess :)

      xoli.mabiya - 2013-01-18 09:17

      No it wasn't balls bro, it was the ever mounting pressure from the media, his former employees and the fact that hi hero status was fading faster than the South African Democracy...

  • Anton Dekker - 2013-01-18 10:31

    In just the past 48 months, the following people have been caught with banned substances and have been banned, suspended or sanctioned. 2009 Alejandro Valverde, Tyler Hamilton, Davide Rebellin, Stefan Schumacher, Christian Pfannberger, Tom Boonen, Antonio Colom, Thomas Dekker, Danilo Di Luca, Clément Lhotellerie, Mikel Astarloza, Olaf Pollack, Nuno Ribeiro, Isidro Nozal, Hector Guerra and Gabriele Bosisio 2010 Vania Rossi, Pawel Szczepaniak, Kacper Szczepaniak, Manuel Vazquez Hueso, Mariana Mantovana, Alessandro Petacchi, Lorenzo Bernucci, Francesco Gavazzi, Damiano Cunego, Alessandro Ballan, Mauro Santambrogio, Thomas Frei, Li Fuyu, Franco Pellizotti, Jesus Rosendo Prado, Tadej Valjavec, Mickaël Larpe, Francesco De Bonis, Pietro Caucchioli, Ricardo Serrano, Alessandro Petacchi, Niklas Axelsson, Lucas Onesco and Jair Fernando dos Santos, Roy Sentjens, Óscar Sevilla, Ezequiel Mosquera, David García Dapena, Joao Benta, Alessandro Colo and Rui Costa 2011 Lorenzo Bernucci, Marco Arriagada, Patrik Sinkewitz, Pasquale Muto, Riccardo Riccò , Lisban Quintero, Alexandr Kolobnev, David Clinger and Oscar Sevilla 2012 Alexandre Dougnier, Alberto Contador, Denis Galimzyanov, Lance Armstrong, Remy di Rasa, Leleivyte Gregorio, Michele Ferrari, Luis Garcia del Moral, Jose Pepe Marti, Fränk Schleck, Ivailo Gabrovski, Soren Svenningsen, Tom Danielson, Christian Vande Velde, David Zabriskie and Steve Houanard Cycling is sick, sick, sick!

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