Armstrong Calculating Price Of Confessing To Doping

The New York Times has revealed that Lance Armstrong, the cyclist who shot to fame by winning seven consecutive Tour de France titles after surviving testicular cancer, is thinking on the lines of a possible forthcoming confession. The New York Times added that the cyclist met Travis Tygart, USADA’s chief executive, in an effort to mitigate the lifetime ban imposed on him for playing a lead role in doping. The New York Times reported that the disgraced cyclist has told associates and anti-doping officials he is considering making a public admission that he used blood transfusions and banned drugs during his cycling career to restore his credibility to some extent and become a competitive athlete again.

However, Tim Herman, Armstrong’s lawyer, told the paper: “Lance has to speak for himself on that.” Herman added that he had no knowledge of the cyclist considering a confession and said, “When, and if, Lance has something to say, there won’t be any secret about it.” Armstrong’s attorney, Tim Herman, told the newspaper, “I suppose anything is possible. Right now, that’s not really on the table.”

It is believed that the Texan rider might be thinking of a doping confession to reduce his lifetime ban from cycling and Olympic sport so he can return to competing in triathlons and elite running events.  Armstrong’s lifetime cycling ban does not allow him to compete in athletic events sanctioned by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency and the World Anti-Doping Agency. Though the cyclist had lost most of his personal sponsorship worth tens of millions of dollars after the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) issued its reasoned decision against the cyclist, Armstrong still wields a fascination that still trumps people across the world and there may still be some value in the charred remains of his infamous achievements.

Some believe that the directors of Livestrong foundation that has been fatally wounded after the USADA report have reportedly beseeched him to make a confession so that the charity gets an opportunity to move on. The foundation may prove to be the biggest reason behind Armstrong’s confession as it is facing an image problem due to its association with its famous founder. The fact that the corporate sponsors who abandoned him might support him again if he confesses may also be a trigger to make a confession. The World Anti-Doping Code that allows for lightened punishment for those who fully detail their doping protocol in a confession may be the next best trigger for a complete confession.

As on today, there seems to be no end to his problems with all his sponsors abandoning him and the U.S. Department of Justice evaluating whether to join a federal whistle-blower lawsuit filed by former Armstrong teammate, Floyd Landis. The British newspaper The Sunday Times has sued the Texan rider to recover $500,000 paid to him to settle a libel lawsuit, while a Dallas-based promotions company has also said it wants to recover several million dollars paid to the cyclist in bonuses for winning the Tour de France.

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