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Lance will be forgiven: Johnson

2013-01-20 19:54

London - Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong received support from another fallen sportsman on Sunday when Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson said the American will be forgiven for cheating.

Armstrong, 41, admitted in an interview with Oprah Winfrey this week that he used performance-enhancing drugs to win the Tour de France seven times. Last year he was stripped of his titles after being labelled a "serial cheat" by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (Usada).

Johnson, one of sport's most notorious dopers having won the 1988 Olympic 100 title before his medal was taken away three days later for taking steroids, said Armstrong could still rebuild his standing with the public.

"American people will forgive him," Johnson told BBC radio. "I don't think it will be tough for him to make a living. I hope he can move on and do good things. If he can find some way to make a living he will be fine.

"I think people will judge him differently, based on what he did for humanity and for cancer."

Reuters

Comments
  • willie.wiid - 2013-01-20 20:09

    He is a disgrace just as Johnson

  • garrick.dunstan - 2013-01-20 20:43

    he should be sentenced to fixing punctures

  • tyronlouw - 2013-01-20 21:15

    I wonder what he would have been like if he didnt get cancer.

  • suerita.fortuin - 2013-01-20 21:18

    honestly, I can't find it in me to sympethise with this man. :/

  • michael.mckinon.1 - 2013-01-20 21:34

    Does it really matter now? We wanted him to admit .... He has done so.... It's over now let him be ..... Drugs or not he still entertained us all for many years and he is still an awesome athlete ..... With or without drugs and would whip most of us on a bike even at 41!!

  • rodneyvw - 2013-01-21 01:13

    All of us are to share a piece of the blame on this one. In the same way as amateur wrestling has not TV time or big public following. People watch pro wrestling as they know it is a bunch of steroids induced pumped up ballerinas in tights - basically a massive farce. They (we all) create a demand for this and that is why it is so big. In the same way, we demand cycling to be interesting or else we would not have watched it and thus we are all complicit in piling on the pressure on the athletes to perform. If they don't, we will watch something else on the telly. Eventually the pressure situation becomes too much and the athletes give in and then they start using performance enhancers and we ALL celebrate the achievements. So, let us whom live in the glass houses throw the first stones....

  • burger. - 2013-01-21 04:29

    All cyclist dope not just him but yet you all judge him!! So basketball players in the NBA are cheats too as they are aloud to take steroids?? Yet none of you judge them! They all cheated yet you point a finger at one person that has nothing to do with you and won't affect your life in anyway!

  • jackie.m.dickson - 2013-01-21 09:30

    To me he was totally insincere with this interview. The man is a pathological liar. With Oprah prodding he did say a few things. His face and eyes are as cold as ice. He is incapable if feeling any remorse. No he should not be allowed to enter any type of any race ever again. If he loves it so much he can go ride in the park. He is disgusting.

  • ruben.maistry - 2013-01-21 10:17

    Birds of a feather......

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