Lance Armstrong won’t meet with USADA

USADA won’t get the treatment from Lance Armstrong that Oprah Winfrey did. (Courtesy of Harpo Studios, Inc., George Burns, File/AP)

Today was the second deadline by which Lance Armstrong had to submit to an interview with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency if he hoped to have his lifetime ban from sports competition reduced.

Like the first deadline, he is letting this one pass.

He indicated through his lawyer that he still plans to “cooperate fully” with other anti-doping authorities rather than comply with USADA’s demand that he supply details of doping in sports. Armstrong was banned for life and stripped of his seven Tour de France titles over doping, which he admitted in an interview with Oprah Winfrey.

“Lance is willing to cooperate fully and has been very clear: 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,” his lawyer, Tim Herman, said in a statement. “We remain hopeful that an international effort will be mounted, and we will do everything we can to facilitate that result. In the meantime, for several reasons, Lance will not participate in USADA’s efforts to selectively conduct American prosecutions that only demonize selected individuals while failing to address the 95% of the sport over which USADA has no jurisdiction.”

There’s no word yet on what that international tribunal will be, or when or where it might meet. USADA initially imposed a Feb. 6 deadline that USADA extended.

“We have provided Mr. Armstrong several opportunities to assist in our ongoing efforts to clean up the sport of cycling,” Travis Tygart, the CEO of USADA, said in a statement. “Following his recent television interview, we again invited him to come in and provide honest information, and he was informed in writing by the World Anti-Doping Agency  that this was the appropriate avenue for him if he wanted to be part of the solution.”

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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