Reaction from Lance Armstrong’s Oprah interview

Some reaction to Lance Armstrong’s admission in an interview

with Oprah Winfrey that he used performance-enhancing drugs during

his cycling career:

”Tonight, Lance Armstrong finally acknowledged that his cycling

career was built on a powerful combination of doping and deceit.

His admission that he doped throughout his career is a small step

in the right direction. But if he is sincere in his desire to

correct his past mistakes, he will testify under oath about the

full extent of his doping activities.” – Travis Tygart, head of

the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.

”He was wrong, he cheated and there was no excuse for what he

did. If he was looking for redemption, he didn’t succeed in getting

that.” – John Fahey, president of the World Anti-Doping

Agency.

”We at the LIVESTRONG Foundation are disappointed by the news

that Lance Armstrong misled people during and after his cycling

career, including us. Earlier this week, Lance apologized to our

staff and we accepted his apology in order to move on and chart a

strong, independent course. We look forward to devoting our full

energy to our mission of helping people not only fight and survive

cancer, but also thrive in life after cancer.” – Official

statement from the Livestrong Foundation, founded by Armstrong in

1997.

”Lance Armstrong’s decision finally to confront his past is an

important step forward on the long road to repairing the damage

that has been caused to cycling and to restoring confidence in the

sport.” – UCI President Pat McQuaid.

””It didn’t go far enough. … He has to name names. … He is

probably the biggest cheat sport has ever known.” – David Walsh, a

long-time Armstrong critic, to the BBC.

”He cheated the sport. He cheated many people around the world

with his career, with his life story. ” – Novak Djokovic at the

Australian Open.

”I don’t want to waste any more of my time with Lance

Armstrong. He’s an incredible actor and that’s what you (saw) today

on the Oprah Winfrey Show.” – Former Armstrong mechanic and

assistant Mike Anderson, who had to battle legal action after

accusing the Texan of drug use.

”The problem with people like Lance, or any other dug cheat, is

that they think everyone else is doing it so they have to do it. In

fact not everyone else is doing it.” – Two-time Tour de France

stage winner Robbie McEwen at the Tour Down Under.

”So it’s official – (at)lancearmstrong is the worst lying,

doping cheat in the history of sport.” – TV host Piers Morgan, via

Twitter.

”The thing about (at)lancearmstrong is that he also used his

platform to call many good ppl liars.” – Former heavyweight boxing

champion Lennox Lewis, via Twitter.