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article imageReport: Lance Armstrong will admit to doping in Oprah exclusive

By Yukio Strachan     Jan 12, 2013 in Sports
Austin - After vehemently denying doping for years, former cyclist Lance Armstrong will publicly admit to using performance-enhancing drugs in an exclusive interview with Oprah Winfrey next Thursday, USA Today reported late Friday.
The newspaper cited a source with knowledge of the situation who says that while Armstrong will confess to doping to boost endurance during races, it is unlikely he will go into specific details of the allegations outlined in the scathing U.S. Anti-Doping Agency 1,000 page report that led to Armstrong being stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned for life from the sport.
The special 90-minute episode of Oprah’s Next Chapter, scheduled to be taped Monday and broadcast Thursday night at 9 p.m. ET on Winfrey's OWN network, will be conducted at Armstrong's home in Austin, Texas. Those without access to the cable channel, the Jan. 17 pre-recorded interview will be simultaneously streamed worldwide on Oprah.com.
Although Armstrong will not be paid for the interview, the network is jointly run by Winfrey's company and the Discovery Channel, which sponsored Armstrong's team between 2004 and 2007, according to a statement released by the network. It added that he will have "no editorial control" over the interview and that "no question is off limits".
Armstrong representatives declined comment, including his attorney Tim Herman, USA Today writes.
The announcement that Armstrong would give his first interview since he was dropped from millions of dollars in endorsement deals, came after a report last Friday in the New York Times stated that Armstrong told associates and antidoping officials that he was considering publicly admitting that he used banned performance-enhancing drugs and blood transfusions during his cycling career, according to anonymous sources with direct knowledge of the situation, the Times reported.
Not only does Armstrong wish to race again, the Times proposed that Armstrong's confession might come from pressure from some of the wealthiest investors in his Livestrong cancer awareness foundation.The charity still faces an image problem because of its association with its famous founder.
Armstrong also faces legal hurdles.
The U.S. Department of Justice is considering whether to join a federal whistle-blower lawsuit filed by former Armstrong teammate and doper, Floyd Landis, ESPN writes.
Shortly after Winfrey's interview airs, papers are expected to be filed in a Dallas court on behalf of SCA Promotions, which is looking to reclaim more than $11m paid to the 41-year-old in bonuses for winning the Tour de France.
Armstrong is also facing claims from the British newspaper, The Sunday Times, which is seeking to recover $500,000 paid to Armstrong to settle a libel lawsuit after the newspaper was successfully sued by him.
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