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Armstrong tried to donate to USADA, was rejected

Published on Jan 9, 2013 6:53 AM
Astana rider Lance Armstrong of the U.S. prepares to start the individual time trial in the first stage of the 96th Tour de France cycling race in Monaco in this July 4, 2009 file photo. Armstrong, the disgraced American cyclist at the center of the biggest doping scandal in the sport's history, may admit he used performance-enhancing drugs during his career, the New York Times reported in editions on Jan 5, 2013, citing "several people with direct knowledge of the situation." The newspaper said Armstrong, 41, has told associates and anti-doping officials he may make the admission in hopes of persuading anti-doping officials to allow him to resume competition in athletic events that adhere to the World Anti-Doping Code, under which Armstrong is currently subject to a lifetime ban. -- PHOTO : REUTERS

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong attempted to donate around US$250,000 (S$307,200) to the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), the head of the agency says in a 60 Minutes episode which airs on US television on Wednesday.

USADA chief executive Travis Tygart said he was bowled over by the "totally inappropriate" offer from one of Armstrong's representatives in 2004 which he immediately turned down.

"I was stunned," Tygart said in the interview. "It was a clear conflict of interest for USADA. We had no hesitation in rejecting that offer."

Asked if the offer was in the range of US$250,000, Tygart told the interviewer, "It was in that ballpark."

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