The Straits Times
Published on Oct 12, 2012

What next for Armstrong after devastating report?


PARIS (AFP) - A damning report placing Lance Armstrong at the heart of the biggest doping programme in sporting history has raised questions about what happens next, with the seven-time Tour de France winner's career and reputation in tatters.

How Armstrong, who is accused of but has consistently denied systematic doping, managed to evade detection will also dog the sport of cycling, which has sought to improve its image after a series of damaging drug scandals.

Potentially central to the implications of the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) report, published on Wednesday, could be a section in the 202-page document entitled Perjury and Other Fraudulent Conduct to Obstruct Legal or Judicial Processes.

In it, the organisation documents what it says were Armstrong's "false statements under oath... and subject to penalties of perjury" in legal proceedings in the US and France concerning accusations of doping violations.