Lance Armstrong must confess to doping under oath and aid the fight against cheating if he hopes to mitigate his life ban, according to the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) director general David Howman. US talk show host Oprah Winfrey confirmed on Tuesday that the fallen cycling icon ‘came clean’ on his use of performance enhancing drugs in an interview. “Wada has read with interest media reports suggesting a television ‘confession’ made by Lance Armstrong,” said Howman in a statement. “While Wada encourages all athletes to come clean about any doping activities, these details must be passed on to the relevant anti-doping authorities. Only when Armstrong makes a full confession under oath – and tells the anti-doping authorities all he knows about doping activities – can any legal and proper process for him to seek any reopening or reconsideration of his lifetime ban commence.”
Published in The Express Tribune, January 17th, 2013.