Armstrong's confession is a publicity stunt: WADA President
Zeenews Sports Bureau
Adelaide: World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) president John Fahey slammed Lance Armstrong`s confession on Oprah’s show calling it a "controlled public relations" stunt.
Fahey told an English news channel, that the disgraced former 7-time Tour de France winner Armstrong did little more than confirm details of his illegal activity and that they were already known across the world.
"There`s nothing new from my point of view," Fahey said. "All he did was affirm what the US Anti-Doping Agency had put out in a very substantial and irrefutable judgement some months ago - that this man had taken all sorts of substances for performance enhancement.
"He denied that until this point, but there was little doubt he was doing that, and all he did was confirm that today in a very controlled manner."
Fahey also suggested that Armstrong should have made the confession under oath at an "appropriate tribunal" where he could be cross examined rather than on something as cushy and comfortable as Oprah Winfrey’s show.
"Where he would have to name names, tell of the officials, the entourage, who supplied the drugs, when, where, and which riders were associated," Fahey said.
He was also critical of UCI’s probe, claiming they’re more bothered about clearing their own name than actually getting to the root of the problem.
"They are focused on, it seems, trying to absolve any role UCI might have had with Armstrong," he said. "They`ve never come to us to discuss the terms of reference or to get any advice from us at all. I don`t think they`re sincere about trying to clean up their sport when they`re going down this particular path, which I believe will lead them nowhere."
In his interview with Oprah Armstrong has admitted to using banned substances to enhance his performance in all his 7 Tour de France title wins, even claiming that it wouldn’t have been possible otherwise.
"And I`m sitting here today to acknowledge that and to say I`m sorry for that," said a steely and almost psychopathic Armstrong who went on to describe himself as a “jerk” and an “arrogant prick”.
"I view this situation as one big lie that I repeated a lot of times," he added.