Armstrong acknowledged his admission was probably "too late" for most people. "I view this situation as one big lie that I repeated a lot of times. It wasn't as if I just said no."
SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association) – As reported by Shafaqna on 5th January 2013, disgraced American cyclist Lance Armstrong finally decided to admit he is guilty of drug use and that he cheated the world to win seven Tour de France titles. In October 2012, Armstrong was accused of the longest and most sophisticated doping programme that the world of sport has ever witnessed.
It is now confirmed that as from August 1998 all Armstrong’s results were wiped off from the record books, including his seven Tour de France titles from 1999 to 2005. He was also banned from cycling for life. Since quitting cycling, Armstrong wanted to compete in triathlons events, but those competitions are sanctioned by organisations that follow the World Anti-Doping Code, under which Armstrong received his lifetime ban. The World Anti-doping Code says that, 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. The drug cheat American, Armstrong, is hoping to reach a deal with anti-doping bosses in order to be able to compete in future Triathlon events.
In an interview with American TV programme, Armstrong said it was "not possible" to win the gruelling race so many times without doping. He confessed that he doped during all seven Tour victories from 1999 to 2005, using blood-boosting agent EPO; blood doping; testosterone, cortisone or human growth hormone. He added "My cocktail was EPO, transfusions and testosterone. I made my decisions. They're my mistake. And I'm sitting here today to acknowledge that and to say I'm sorry for that." Armstrong also mentioned that his drug use began in the "mid-90s".
"I suppose earlier in my career there was cortisone and then the EPO generation began," he said. At the same time, he did not believe what he was doing was cheating! "I looked up the definition of cheat. The definition of cheat is to gain an advantage over a rival or foe," Armstrong said. "I didn't do that. I viewed it as a level playing field." Armstrong acknowledged his admission was probably "too late" for most people. "I view this situation as one big lie that I repeated a lot of times. It wasn't as if I just said no."