Armstrong May Testify Under Oath

After years of denials about drug use and then succumbing to mounting pressure, disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong may finally cooperate with anti-doping agencies.

Armstrong is facing a federal criminal investigation and a deadline at reducing his lifetime ban from sports by telling all under oath to anti-doping authorities. According to the U.S. Anti Doping Agency (USADA), his apparent 11th-hour about-face indicates he may finally testify under oath and give full details to USADA of how he cheated for so long.

USADA CEO Travis T. Tygart said in a written statement that the agency is in communication with the cyclist and his representatives and we understand that he does want to be part of the solution and assist in the effort to clean up the sport of cycling. Tygart added that the agency has agreed to his request for an additional two weeks to work on details to hopefully allow for this to happen. Neither the cyclist nor his attorney responded to comment on the USADA announcement.

The news of the possible and unexpected cooperation of Lance Armstrong came a day after it was reported by ABC News that the disgraced cyclist was in the crosshairs of federal criminal investigators. It is believed that agents are actively investigating Armstrong for obstruction, witness tampering, and intimidation for allegedly threatening people who dared to tell the truth about his cheating.

The Lance Armstrong doping scandal was reignited after the cyclist made a much-awaited doping confession on television before talk show host Oprah Winfrey. The cycling icon said he doped his way to win seven consecutive Tour de France titles and used banned performance enhancing drugs throughout his career and lied about it.

ABC News legal analyst Dan Abrams said the consequences of “serious potential crimes” could be severe, including “possible sentences up to five, 10 years, if charges are ultimately filed.

It is believed that the investigators are more concerned about the behavior of the cyclist in his attempts to maintain his secret by allegedly threatening and interfering with potential witnesses than with drug use. The cyclist was previously under a separate federal investigation that reportedly looked at drug distribution, conspiracy and fraud allegations but the case was dropped without explanation and many failed to understand why the case against the cyclist was suddenly dropped. Lance Armstrong’s fall from grace was sudden and shocking. After being rated by sports fans as one of the best cyclists ever, he was shunned by one and all, after the United States Anti-Doping Agency issued a damning report that accused him of using and encouraging the use of performance enhancing drugs to stay on top of cycling. The world governing body of cycling, which initially was in favor of Armstrong, decided to ratify the USADA report and stripped him of all his titles and banned him for life from cycling. He was soon “almost forced” to withdraw from his cancer foundation, Livestrong, after many of his sponsors deserted him after the report by USADA was made public.

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