Lance Armstrong plans to admit doping

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Lance Armstrong plans to admit doping
FILE - This combination image made of file photos shows Lance Armstrong, left, on Oct. 7, 2012, and Oprah Winfrey, right, on March 9, 2012. Armstrong plans to admit to doping throughout his career during an upcoming interview with Oprah Winfrey, USA Today reported late Friday, Jan. 11, 2013. (AP Photos/File)

“Lance Armstrong plans to admit his doping in an upcoming interview with Oprah. USA Today broke the first news of Armstrong’s decision to finally admit to taking drugs while competing. Up to this point, he has stayed silent while losing sponsorships and awards. Lance Armstrong has been banned from competing and has lost all of his previous medals.

“Armstrong seems to have chosen an interview with Oprah as his way to reveal the truth about his doping accusations. The 41-year-old has lost all of the medals he won in the Tour de France and other competitions. He has been permanently blocked from competing in any type of cycling event again. Although Armstrong has stated in the past that he never took any type of drugs, it appears that he is ready to confirm the truth.

Lance Armstrong is taking a big risk by admitting to doping during his career. He could face multiple lawsuits and other fines for this action. Armstrong has been accused of taking various performance enhancing drugs to give him a boost while competing along with other medications. He has vehemently denied taking any type of drugs previously.

“Some suspect that Lance Armstrong’s decision to come clean about his past may be a move motivated by his charity. His Livestrong foundation has suffered greatly after reports began to surface about his doping. Although he is no longer a member of the board, it has been reported that he is still involved with the charity. It is possible that the interview may be a way for him to save the foundation and give it another chance. However, he may have personal reasons for admitting the truth. Lance Armstrong is allegedly interested in returning to competitions, but his lifetime ban makes this impossible. Maybe he believes that telling the truth about the doping will reduce the ban or eliminate it.

“His long silence after the USADA’s reports about doping has made many question his credibility. It has been several months since the first reports became public, yet Lance Armstrong has refused to address public concerns. Can the disgraced cyclist save his image and change people’s opinions? Some believe that the interview will reveal the real reasons behind his doping decisions, but there are others who have stated that this will not change the past. Lance Armstrong has tarnished his public image greatly, so changing it will not be easy.



 

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