Johannesburg: Former Olympic swimming champion Ian Thorpe has said he was ‘happy’ at disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong``s downfall and congratulated the doping authorities over exposing the seven-time Tour de France winner as a drug cheat.
“I was happy. It shows that no matter who you are and whatever you do, you can fall,” Sport24 quoted Thorpe, as saying.
According to the report, the Australian legend paid tribute to the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) and its president Travis Tygart who was at the heart of revealing Armstrong``s systematic doping that helped him become the biggest name in the sport.
Thorpe, once suspected of taking banned substances before being cleared, added: "It``s right that we talk about the possibility of seeing changes introduced to our society across the world of sport. To see doping means that we have not yet managed to protect our people.”
The 2000 Olympic triple jump champion and world record holder Jonathan Edwards is also in attendance in Doha and offered his viewpoints on the subject, the report said.
"When people watch a competition, we do not know if it is fair and there is a great question over the credibility of the event. People need to believe in the athletes," added the double world champion.