The Straits Times
Published on Jan 09, 2013

Armstrong tried to donate to USADA, was rejected


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."