Lance Armstrong may admit to doping
Lance Armstrong is reportedly considering publicly admitting to doping so he can resume his athletic career, according to Juliet Macur of the New York Times.
Armstrong has consistently denied ever doping at any point in his cycling career, but was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned from any and all comptetition in late 2012. The penalties came after a massive case put together by antidoping officials in October.
By admitting to doping, Armstrong would be eligible for a diminished punishment which could ultimately lead to competition in events which fall under the scope of the World Anti-Doping Code.
According to Macur's report:
Armstrong, 41, has been in discussions with the United States Anti-Doping Agency and has met with Travis Tygart, the agency’s chief executive, in an effort to mitigate the lifetime ban he received for playing a lead role in doping on his Tour-winning teams, according to one person briefed on the situation.
Armstrong also has hopes of competing in triathlons and running events, but those competitions are often sanctioned by organizations that adhere to the World Anti-Doping Code under which Armstrong received his lifetime ban.
According to the World Anti-Doping Code, an athlete might be eligible for a reduced punishment if he fully confesses and details how he doped, who helped him dope and how he got away with doping.
In addition to being banned from cycling in October, Armstrong also resigned from the Chairmanship and Board of his LiveStrong charity after it became surrounded by controversy as a result of his doping allegations. He additionally lost all of his major sponsors once evidence became public.