Sunday 11 December 2016

Disgraced Armstrong pulls out of Dublin talk

Published 21/10/2016 | 02:30

Lance Armstrong Picture: Getty
Lance Armstrong Picture: Getty

Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstong has pulled out of a sports and tech conference in Dublin, just one day before it was due to go ahead.

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The American cycling cheat was to appear at the One Zero conference in the RDS today, where he would participate in a "no-holds-barred" interview about himself.

But, citing legal reasons, the American pulled out of the event yesterday.

He said this was due to an upcoming federal court case against him by the US Postal Service, his former team.

However, organisers of the event said the case had been discussed well in advance and they had been told it would not present a problem.

Assured

"One Zero event organisers had been acutely aware of the pending federal legal case, addressing the issue during initial negotiations with Armstrong some months back," a statement said. "Organisers were assured it would not be an issue before agreeing to Armstrong's participation at the conference," it added.

Armstrong was infamously stripped of his seven Tour de France titles after his extensive doping was exposed.

He was to be interviewed by sports journalist Ewan Mac Kenna on topics including what drove him to cheat.

Irish Independent

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