Armstrong refuses to participate in USADA interview
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - 08:10 PM
Lance Armstrong has refused to be interviewed under oath by the United States Anti-Doping Agency’s officials, his attorney confirmed tonight.
The USADA had given the disgraced cyclist a two-week extension to participate with investigators, having initially been given until February 7 to confess all under oath.
And while the American’s lawyer Tim Herman stated Armstrong is willing to “co-operate fully”, he “will not participate in USADA’s efforts to selectively conduct American prosecutions that only demonise selected individuals”.
The USADA wanted Armstrong to confess all under oath after the 41-year-old admitted to doping during each of his seven Tour de France triumphs in a televised interview with Oprah Winfrey last month.
Armstrong said in the same interview he would “be the first man through the door” to take part in a truth and reconciliation hearing.
An agreement appeared close when the USADA stated Armstrong wants to “assist in the effort to clean up the sport of cycling” when they agreed to an extension, although those hopes have been dealt a blow with the release of his lawyer’s statement today.
“Lance is willing to cooperate fully and has been very clear: He will be the first man through the door, and once inside will answer every question, at an international tribunal formed to comprehensively address pro cycling, an almost exclusively European sport,” said the statement.
“We remain hopeful that an international effort will be mounted, and we will do everything we can to facilitate that result.
“In the meantime, for several reasons, Lance will not participate in USADA’s efforts to selectively conduct American prosecutions that only demonise selected individuals while failing to address the 95 per cent of the sport over which USADA has no jurisdiction.”
The USADA revealed last year that Armstrong had led ``the most sophisticated, professionalised and successful doping programme sport has ever seen'' before he was subsequently stripped of his seven Tour titles by the UCI, cycling's world governing body.
Travis Tygart, chief executive of the USADA, expressed his disappointment at Armstrong’s decision but insisted the agency will continue their investigation to clean up cycling without him.
“We have provided Mr Armstrong several opportunities to assist in our ongoing efforts to clean up the sport of cycling,” Tygart said in a statement.
“Following his recent television interview, we again invited him to come in and provide honest information, and he was informed in writing by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) that this was the appropriate avenue for him if he wanted to be part of the solution.
“Over the last few weeks he has led us to believe that he wanted to come in and assist USADA, but was worried of potential criminal and civil liability if he did so.
“Today we learned from the media that Mr Armstrong is choosing not to come in and be truthful and that he will not take the opportunity to work toward righting his wrongs in sport.
“At this time we are moving forward with our investigation without him and we will continue to work closely with WADA and other appropriate and responsible international authorities to fulfil our promise to clean athletes to protect their right to compete on a drug-free playing field.”
Irish Examiner live news app for smartphones lets you quickly access breaking news, sport, business, entertainment and weather.
Irish Examiner ePaper app gives you the entire newspaper delivered to your phone or tablet for as little as 55c a day.
A man who appeared to provide sign language interpretation on stage for Nelson Mandela's memorial service, attended by scores of heads of state, was a "fake", the national director of the Deaf Federation of South Africa said.
The troika is leaving Ireland with business unfinished, including changes to the medical and legal service, but they will be pursued through the new EU governance to which all eurozone countries are now subject.
The ECB could be forced to introduce another long- term refinancing operation and drag the deposit rate into a negative territory to cushion the region from another year of sluggish growth and the uncertainty caused by the comprehensive assessment of the banks, according to the Bank of America Merrill Lynch 2014 economic outlook.
IT'S one of the most iconic features on the Cork skyline. First established as a monastic site in 606 AD, St Fin Barre's Cathedral now houses a French neo-gothic cathedral designed in 1862 by William Burges of London.
MYTHS are the stories that groups tell themselves: the beautiful lies that allow life go on. This is a week of great myth making. In the death and interment of Nelson Mandela we are witnessing modern myth being made in front of our eyes. But myths can be pernicious and evil — corroding life as well as enhancing it.
Tipperary native Brian Lonergan fulfilled a long-standing ambition when his tricolour appeared on live TV during Sunday's NFL clash between the San Francisco 49ers and the Seattle Seahawks at Candlestick Park.
THE scandal at the Central Remedial Clinic is a gift to the Government. Here we have an organisation seemingly plundering charitable funds, to feather the nests of a group of Fianna Fáil insiders, all of whom can be linked easily to former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern.