Cyclist Lance Armstrong reportedly will admit to doping allegations during an interview next week with Oprah Winfrey. However, it is unlikely the seven-time Tour de France champion will provide details of alleged use of performance-enhancing drugs and blood doping, according to USA Today, which cites a source.
The 90-minute interview at Armstrong’s home in Austin, Texas, is scheduled to be taped Monday. It will be televised Thursday on the Oprah Winfrey Network’s “Oprah’s Next Chapter” and streamed live on Oprah.com at 9 p.m. ET.
It will be his first interview since he was stripped of his cycling titles after an in-depth report last fall from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency accused him of doping while leading the U.S. Postal Service cycling team. Soon after, he lost most of his sponsors and resigned from the board of his cancer-fighting Livestrong Foundation.
“Armstrong will address the alleged doping scandal, years of accusations of cheating, and charges of lying about the use of performance-enhancing drugs throughout his storied cycling career,” according to a statement from the network.
Earlier this month, the New York Times reported he was considering admitting publicly that he used banned performance-enhancing drugs and blood transfusions to help him win the seven Tour de France titles.
Armstrong, 41, who was stripped of his Tour titles last fall, has discussed the ramifications of an admission with associates and anti-doping officials, according to the Times, which cited people with direct knowledge of the talks.
The Times said the purpose of the admission would be to talk anti-doping officials into restoring his eligibility in his athletic pursuits. Armstrong has been trying to participate in triathlon and cycling events.
Armstrong’s attorney, Tim Herman, earlier this week denied Armstrong would admit to the doping allegations.
The Times reported Armstrong has been in discussions with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency and its chief, Travis Tygart. Also, he would have to clear up several legal cases, including an allegation that he defrauded the U.S. government, which sponsored his U.S. Postal Service cycling team.
via Sports Xchange