Tennis Stars Slam Disgraced Cyclist For Cheating

Tennis world No. 1 Novak Djokovic has remarked that disgraced and banned cyclist Lance Armstrong, who admitting to making use of banned substances to win seven consecutive Tour de France titles, should be made to “suffer” for his lies and cheating his sport.

The comments of Djokovic came on the day the 41-year-old Texan rider finally confessed to doping during an interview with Oprah Winfrey. The cyclist admitted that he doped throughout the height of his illustrious career to which the world’s top male tennis player said the actions of the fallen American star had shamed cycling. He went on to remark that all the titles of Lance Armstrong should be taken away as it is not fair towards any athlete and sportsman and the ways followed by the disgraced cyclist are not the ways to be successful.

Slamming the long-delayed doping admissions of Armstrong, Novak Djokovic said the seven-time Tour de France winner is a disgrace to cycling and it would be ridiculous for him to decline and refuse all the charges because it has been proven. He added that the cyclist cheated many people around the world with his career, with his life story.

Djokovic further remarked that Armstrong should suffer for his lies all these years and said he was confident in the drug testing system in tennis and had faith that the sport was clean. The defending Australian Open champion said he believes tennis players are one of the most cleanest athletes in the world in one of the most competitive sports and he has no complaints about testing as long as all can keep it that way.

Maria Sharapova, on the other hand, said Armstrong revelations are “just a really sad story, sad for that sport.” Frenchman Julien Benneteau said the cyclist was a liar and a cheat for years and he has to pay. Roger Federer said the confession of Lance Armstrong that he cheated throughout his career by using performance enhancing drugs has affected all of sport and the world’s athletes. A 17-time major winner, Federer, said he watched the first portion of the interview that Armstrong had with Oprah Winfrey. Serena Williams remarked that the cyclist has let all athletes down by doping and lying about it for so long. Top-ranked Victoria Azarenka said no one can cheat as everybody works so hard to be the best, and you have to respect that and Armstrong “deserves everything he gets.”

The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) submitted its reasoned decision against the cyclist in which it accused him and the US Postal Service Pro Cycling Team of running the most sophisticated, professionalized, and successful doping program that sport has ever seen. USADA included direct documentary evidence including financial payments, emails, scientific data, and laboratory test results along with testimony from many of the cyclist’s ex-teammates (Frankie Andreu, Michael Barry, Tom Danielson, Tyler Hamilton, George Hincapie, Floyd Landis, Levi Leipheimer, Stephen Swart, Christian Vande Velde, Jonathan Vaughters, and David Zabriskie) that revealed systemic, sustained and highly professionalized team-run doping conspiracy at the USPS Team.

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