Pound expects no apologies from Armstrong

Wed Jan 16, 2013 8:53pm EST
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By Steve Keating

(Reuters) - Lance Armstrong may be ready to admit to doping and say sorry for his actions but his old nemesis, former-World Anti-doping Agency (WADA) chief Dick Pound, does not expect any apologies coming his way.

"I doubt it very much," Pound told Reuters. "But if he did I guess if I thought he meant it, I might (accept it), I mean what's done is done."

Armstrong has already begun issuing some apologies, stopping by the offices of Livestrong, the cancer charity he founded, to tell staff he was sorry of the damage he has done to the foundation.

Armstrong is expected to offer a more public apology on Thursday when he appears in a television interview with Oprah Winfrey, who has already revealed he admitted using performance-enhancing drugs during a cycling career that saw him win seven consecutive Tour de France titles.

For Pound, Armstrong's admission would be the ultimate vindication for the long feud he had with a man he never actually met face-to-face.

Their battles became legendary, the confrontational Canadian tax lawyer and the prickly rider both refusing to concede an inch of ground.

Armstrong even campaigned to have him removed as the head of WADA and tossed out of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

While Pound challenged the cancer survivor to disprove the mounting evidence of widespread drug use in sport, a defiant Armstrong demanded the WADA chief produce proof he doped - something the former-Olympic swimmer was unable to do in the absence of a positive test.   Continued...

Seven-time Tour de France winner Team Radioshack rider Lance Armstrong waits at the starting line in Visalia, California of stage five of the Amgen Tour of California in a May 20, 2010 file photo. REUTERS/Anthony Bolante/files