Lance Armstrong refuses interview under oath by USADA

  • Lance Armstrong said on Wednesday he would not agree to be interviewed under oath by the United States Anti Doping Agency (USADA).

    The announcement comes after the 41-year-old last month admitted taking performance-enhancing drugs during his seven of his Tour de France wins in an interview with Oprah Winfrey.

    By speaking to the USADA, he would have been eligible to have his lifetime ban overturned.

    Armstrong was given until February 6 to meet with USADA officials and was later allowed a further two weeks to make a decision regarding the interview.

    An agreement seemed to be in sight when the USADA said he wanted to "assist in the effort to clean up the sport of cycling" after they agreed to the extension.

    However, a statement released by Armstrong’s attorney Tim Herman, said though he was willing to assist with the investigation, he will not be interviewed by the USADA.

    It added: "Lance is willing to cooperate fully and has been very clear: He will be the first man through the door, and once inside will answer every question, at an international tribunal formed to comprehensively address pro cycling, an almost exclusively European sport.

    "In the meantime, for several reasons, Lance will not participate in Usada's efforts to selectively conduct American prosecutions that only demonize selected individuals while failing to address the 95% of the sport over which USADA has no jurisdiction."

    Armstrong was charged by the USADA in June 2012 with using performance-enhancing drugs.

    He filed a lawsuit against the organization the following month but then announced in August that he would not fight the charges filed against him.

    He was given a life ban by the USADA and stripped of his Tour de France titles.

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