Adelaide: World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) president John Fahey on Friday branded Lance Armstrong’s doping confession a “controlled public relations” while US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) chief executive Travis Tygart called Armstrong’s admission of doping “a small step in the right direction.”
The IOC, on the other hand, urged Armstrong to provide evidence of his drug use to anti-doping bodies while former teammate Christophe Bassons feels that the cyclist was not honest during the interview.
Here’s what they had to say
Bassons: He stayed the way I thought he would: cold, hard. He didn’t let any sentiment show, even when he spoke of regrets. Well, that’s Lance Armstrong.
There’s a always a portion of lies in what he says, in my opinion. He’s not totally honest even in his so-called confession. I think he admits some of it to avoid saying the rest.
Fahey: There’s nothing new from my point of view. All he did was affirm what the USADA had put out in a very substantial and irrefutable judgement some months ago.
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… The confession is a controlled public relations stunt.
IOC (in a statement): It is a very sad day for sport. We now urge Armstrong to present all the evidence he has to the appropriate anti-doping authorities so that we can bring an end to this dark episode and move forward, stronger and cleaner.
Livestrong (in a statement): We are disappointed by the news that Lance Armstrong misled people during and after his cycling career, including us. We accepted his apology in order to move on and chart a strong, independent course.
Lance is no longer on the foundation’s board, but he is our founder and we will always be grateful to him for creating and helping to build a foundation that has served millions struggling with cancer.
Tygart: His admission that he doped throughout his career is a small step in the right direction. But if he is sincere in his desire to correct his mistakes, he will testify under oath about the full extent of his doping activities.