Anti-doping agencies waiting for Lance Armstrong

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Anti-doping agencies waiting for Lance Armstrong
The second night of Oprah Winfrey's interview of former cycling star Lance Armstrong is shown on video screens at Pete's Cafe Bar in downtown Los Angeles Friday, Jan. 18, 2013. Through a marathon mea culpa that spanned two nights on TV, Armstrong spoke almost dispassionately about lying and cheating, about arrogance and bullying, about lost honor, status, achievement and income.(AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

“Lance Armstrong’s doping confessions in the interview with Oprah shocked few people considering the number of accusations he has faced during his career. He has lost his ability to compete and all of his sponsorships. Now, anti-doping agencies are waiting for Armstrong to admit the use of drugs under oath and give more details. Coming clean to Oprah may have appeased the public, but it is not enough for the United States Anti-Doping Agency or the World Anti-Doping Agency.

“Armstrong has admitted to doping and using performance-enhancing drugs during his cycling career. He has also admitted to taking drugs while winning the Tour de France multiple times. Although many claim that he did not appear to regret the decisions, Lance Armstrong claims he is truly sorry about the past and has committed to never using performance-enhancing drugs again.

“The United States Anti-Doping Agency and the World Anti-Doping Agency have been following the story closely. Lance Armstrong is already banned from competing for life, but the anti-doping agencies still have questions. Representatives have come out to state that they are wondering if Armstrong would be willing to testify under oath. They are also curious about some of the details he left out from his interview with Oprah. Lance Armstrong avoided answering any questions about the types of performance-enhancing drugs he took or how he avoided testing positive for them.

“Armstrong has retreated from the media and claims he has no plans to talk to the United States Anti-Doping Agency at this time. He says he is spending time with his family and trying to rebuild his life. He may still address the agency in the future, but it does not seem to be a likely plan. In his interview, he mentioned he is hoping for forgiveness, amnesty and the chance to redeem himself.

“The United States Anti-Doping Agency seems disappointed by the limited amount of information Lance Armstrong provided during the interview. He has spoken with the agency in the past, but the conversations focused on ways to get rid of his lifetime ban. Lance Armstrong is interested in competing in other athletic events instead of cycling, yet the ban prevents him from participating. The United States Anti-Doping Agency wants more information on the drugs he took. They are also curious about how he avoided detection for so long, who helped him in the process and where he obtained the performance-enhancing drugs.


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