The Straits Times
Published on Feb 07, 2013

Armstrong wants 'to be part of solution' to doping: Usada


LOS ANGELES (AFP) - United States Anti-Doping Agency (Usada) chief Travis Tygart said on Wednesday that Lance Armstrong wants to help clean up cycling, and the agency has extended its deadline for the confessed cheat to cooperate to do so.

"We have been in communication with Mr Armstrong and his representatives and we understand that he  does want to be part of the solution and assist in the effort to clean up the sport of cycling," Mr Tygart said in a statement.

"We have agreed to his request for an additional two weeks to work on details to hopefully allow for this to happen."

After Armstrong admitted last month in a televised interview to using banned drugs during all of his record seven Tour de France triumphs, Mr Tygart had given the 41-year-old Texan until Wednesday to "cooperate fully" with anti-doping authorities if he really wanted a chance to reduce his lifetime ban.