Lance Armstrong may have “come clean” with Oprah, but his battle with doping authorities rages on.
The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency gave Lance Armstrong until today—an extension of two weeks—to testify under oath about his doping scheme and potentially knock his lifetime ban from competition down to eight years, to which the embattled cyclist responded:
Speaking through his attorney, Tim Herman, Armstrong rejected the USADA’s final offer of cooperation, stating he “will not participate in USADA's efforts to selectively conduct American prosecutions that only demonize selected individuals while failing to address the 95 percent of the sport over which USADA has no jurisdiction.”
With a lifetime ban from competition in the United States all but assured now, Armstrong’s lawyer appealed to a higher authority:
“He will be the first man through the door, and once inside will answer every question, at an international tribunal formed to comprehensively address pro cycling, an almost exclusively European sport,” said Herman to the Associated Press.
Such an international tribunal does not currently—nor may it ever—exist, thanks to a spat between the World Anti-Doping Agency and the UCI, cycling’s governing body.
The embattled former cyclist may have had second thoughts about going on record with any more details of cycling’s doping regime since he is currently under threat of criminal prosecution in the U.S., and faces a civil lawsuit demanding repayment of Tour de France prize money.
The 41-year-old Armstrong had moved on to triathlons and running events since retiring from cycling in 2010, winning several races last year. Unless his sought-for tribunal appears, those races look to be his last in official competition.