The Lance Armstrong saga continues to keep us gripped. Did he take performance-enhancing drugs? Were his Tour de France titles taken away unjustly? Only Mr. Armstrong knows for sure and he’s kept quiet amidst the speculations, Lance even opted not to contest the US Anti-Doping Agency (Usada) drugs charges.
However this week Lance Armstrong announced his plans to appear on the Oprah Winfrey Show to shed some light on the issues. Armstrong will address the alleged doping scandal, years of accusations of cheating, and charges of lying about the use of performance-enhancing drugs throughout his cycling career.
Why now we ask? Armstrong has already been stripped of his accolades, given a lifetime ban and lost millions of dollars as a result of sponsors dropping him following his charges. What Armstrong hopes to achieve from this interview is a mystery.
…he used banned performance-enhancing drugs…
However speculations are rife, sources from the New York Times suggest that Armstrong is considering a public admission that he used banned performance-enhancing drugs. Furthermore, the New York Times claim the rationale for an admission from Lance is in an attempt to compete in elite triathlons or running events.
Lance has always enjoyed competing in triathlons and ever since his ban has been competing in unsanctioned triathlons which are not subject to rules under the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).
…wait and see…
Whilst the World Anti-Doping Code rules state his lifetime ban cannot be reduced to less than eight years. The probability of Lance Armstrong competing in such events relies heavily on the information given during his interview on Thursday, as new information could lead to USADA bending the rules and reducing this furthermore.
All that is left to do now is wait and see exactly what Lance really has to say. I know I can’t wait to hear.