Dopers may think twice now, hopes Egan
By Bernard O’Neill
Olympic silver medal-winning boxer Ken Egan believes the Lance Armstrong doping scandal will make sports people think twice about using banned substances.
Egan, a member of the Athletic Committee with the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA), wasn’t impressed with Armstrong’s monosyllabic answers during his interview with Oprah Winfrey.
Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour De France titles and 2000 Olympic bronze medal and banned for life from the sport.
In the first installment of a two-part interview with Winfrey aired yesterday, Armstrong answered “yes” to questions as to whether he took banned substances, EPO, engaged in blood doping and took human growth hormones.
“It has been a long time coming,” said Egan. “He (Armstrong) threatened many people with legal action when they raised these issues and now they have all been proven right.
“I saw clips of the interview and he was just giving one word answers to the questions. I’m pleased that he was caught and that he was found out.
“The thing about Armstrong being done is that it is a warning to all others using performance-enhancing drugs. He’s guilty and he’s been caught and if he can be caught, the others can be as well.
“Hopefully, this will lead to a much cleaner sport.”
Egan has been forced to withdraw from a WADA meeting in New York on January 28 as he is in training for the Irish Elite Championships which begin at the National Stadium in Dublin on February 8.
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