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Lance Armstrong confession 'small step in right direction': USADA

Published on Jan 18, 2013 1:15 PM
 
A photo illustration shows a man watching a TV showing disgraced cycling star Lance Armstrong being interviewed by Oprah Winfrey on Jan 17, 2013. Armstrong said in the interview that he was "sorry" for taking performance-enhancing drugs during his career and that it was a mistake. United States Anti-Doping Agency chief executive Travis Tygart on Thursday called Armstrong's admission of doping "a small step in the right direction", for the shamed cyclist.-- PHOTO: AFP

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (AFP) - United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) chief executive Travis Tygart on Thursday called Lance Armstrong's admission of doping "a small step in the right direction", for the shamed cyclist.

"Tonight, Lance Armstrong finally acknowledged that his cycling career was built on a powerful combination of doping and deceit," said Mr Tygart, who guided the USADA probe that led to Armstrong being stripped of the record seven Tour de France titles and banned from the sport.

Armstrong had previously dubbed USADA's investigation a "witch-hunt" and accusing Mr Tygart and his colleagues of pursuing a "vendetta" against him and going so far as a lawsuit questioning their jurisdiction.

Mr Tygart's brief statement made reference to none of that, nor did it address any details of Armstrong's confessions and which USADA charges Armstrong verified or challenged.

 
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