Friday 6 December 2019

Armstrong urged to reveal names of other drug cheats

Gareth A Davies

Lance Armstrong must turn whistleblower and deliver "full disclosure on everything and name names", the president of British Cycling has said as pressure mounted on the disgraced cyclist to confess his doping past.

Armstrong is reported to be considering coming clean over the doping allegations which have destroyed his reputation and is ready to admit using performance-enhancing drugs and blood transfusions during his cycling career.

According to 'The New York Times', Armstrong – who has always denied ever using banned substances – is on the verge of admitting the charges levelled at him in the damning report compiled by the United States Anti-Doping Agency which resulted in his lifetime ban from cycling and any Olympic sport, and the removal of his seven Tour de France titles.

He is also understood to be under pressure from high-profile donors to the charity Livestrong, the cancer-fighting charity he helped to found, to make a full disclosure .

"Who knows what Armstrong's motivation is now, but I hope that when he tells the truth, he tells the whole truth, the whole story and if he feels the need to name names, then do so," British Cycling's president, Brian Cookson, said. "Let's have the full truth, a full disclosure of everything.

"The sport has moved on over the doping issue, but I think there is an agreement internationally that we need to heal the sores of the past, and if we have Lance Armstrong finally confessing then we all welcome that, and let's move on.

"Armstrong's confession is a matter for him and his conscience."

Jaimie Fuller, founder of the Change Cycling Now campaign, added: "He is obviously guilty. The complete truth, and not just the convenient parts of the truth. We need to know everything." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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