WADA: Lance Armstrong needs to confess under oath

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FILE - In this July 24, 2005, file photo, Lance Armstrong gestures for his seventh straight win in the Tour de France cycling race before the final stage between Corbeil-Essonnes, south of Paris, and the French capital. In 2005, Armstrong was also named Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year and ESPN\'s ESPY Award for Best Male Athlete. He later announced what would be a temporary retirement from cycling in 2005. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)

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MONTREAL (AP) — The World Anti-Doping Agency says Lance Armstrong must confess under oath to seek a reduction in his lifetime ban from sports for doping during seven Tour de France victories.

WADA says it "read with interest media reports suggesting a television 'confession' made by Lance Armstrong" to talk show host Oprah Winfrey on Monday.

Armstrong reportedly hopes to return to competition in recognized triathlon events.

However, WADA says "only when Mr. 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."

The agency says athletes must pass on details of performance-enhancing drug use "to the relevant anti-doping authorities."

 
 
 

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