Lance 'no' to USADA

Lance Armstrong’s attorney, Tim Herman, has confirmed that the disgraced American cyclist will not speak under oath to US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) officials about his doping past.

Lance 'no' to USADA

The Texan’s legal team continues to challenge USADA’s jurisdiction in their latest statement, but did admit Armstrong would be willing to work with an “international tribunal” if one were to be established.

Armstrong was given a lifetime ban from competing in sport after a USADA report last year revealed extensive doping on his Tour de France winning teams.

The 41-year-old was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and following that, admitted to doping throughout his career during a televised interview last month.

He was informed his life ban from sports would only be reduced if he testified under oath to the USADA about his past and, having initially been given until February 7 to confess, he was granted a two-week extension by USADA, prompting speculation an agreement was close.

However, that speculation has amounted to nought, which will come as a massive blow to USADA.

Armstrong’s lawyer Tim Herman said in a statement: “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.

“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% of the sport over which USADA has no jurisdiction.”

USADA chief executive Travis Tygart said his organisation will move ahead with its investigation without Armstrong.

“We have provided Mr Armstrong several opportunities to assist in our ongoing efforts to clean up the sport of cycling,” read a statement from Tygart. “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.”

While Lance Armstrong publicly confessed to doping in January during a TV interview with Oprah Winfrey, Travis Tygart, who led the investigation which brought down Armstrong in 2012, considered the Texan’s admissions as just a partial confession. Tygart provided a final deadline of February 6 for Armstrong to confess under oath to USADA, but that offer was refused.

“USADA has no authority to investigate, prosecute or otherwise involve itself with the other 95% of cycling competitors,” said Armstrong’s attorney Tim Herman. “Thus, in order to achieve the goal of ‘cleaning up cycling,’ it must be WADA and the UCI who have overall authority to do so.”

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