Armstrong confession a convenient truth, says WADA

Fri Jan 18, 2013 12:09pm EST
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By Steve Keating

(Reuters) - The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) was left unimpressed by Lance Armstrong's doping confessions in a television interview, calling the disgraced cyclist's confession a convenient truth.

Armstrong, already stripped of his seven Tour de France titles, revealed his dark secrets to talk show host Oprah Winfrey on Thursday with more revelations expected to follow on Friday in part two of the interview.

As the sporting world digested Armstrong's admission that all seven of his Tour victories were fuelled by performance-enhancing drugs, WADA officials were left unmoved by the American's answers or Winfrey's questioning.

"It seemed to us it was more of a convenient truth than a full display of what went on and that is really what we would ask him to do," WADA director general David Howman told Reuters on Friday.

"First, it displays that talking to a talk show host is not a very effective way of getting the full information out because a talk show host doesn't have the full story.

"I think there were a lot of words put into his mouth, that's not the way you get full information.

"The tough questions have to be asked at some stage if they are going to be answered there may be some benefit."

Both WADA and the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), who conducted the exhaustive investigation that resulted in Armstrong's lifetime ban, have challenged the 41-year-old to come forward and tell what he knows about the widespread doping in his sport under oath.   Continued...

Cyclist Lance Armstrong is interviewed by Oprah Winfrey in Austin, Texas, in this January 14, 2013 handout photo courtesy of Harpo Studios. REUTERS/Harpo Studios, Inc/George Burns/Handout