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Armstrong to address doping scandal on Oprah next week

Published on Jan 9, 2013 9:22 AM
Lance Armstrong, founder of the Livestrong foundation, takes part in a special session regarding cancer in the developing world during the Clinton Global Initiative in New York in this Sept 22, 2010, file photo. Armstrong, the American cyclist at the center of the biggest doping scandal in the sport's history, will give an interview to Oprah Winfrey to be screened next Thursday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - The disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong will talk about the doping scandal that dramatically brought down his cycling career during an interview with Oprah Winfrey next week, it was announced on Tuesday.

The famed talk show host said a 90-minute special show would address "years of accusations of cheating, and charges of lying about the use of performance-enhancing drugs" throughout Armstrong's "storied cycling career".

The interview will be Armstrong's first since being stripped of his seven Tour de France titles last year and will air on the Oprah Winfrey Network. It will also be streamed live on her website, a publicity statement said.

Last week, The New York Times reported that Armstrong, 41, was considering publicly admitting that he used banned performance-enhancing drugs, in an apparent bid to return to competitive sport in marathons and triathlons.

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