The state-owned excist Throw Armstrong, offered an exclusive interview on the channel Oprah Winfrey Network, in which he admitted for the first time he was doped during his professional career in which he won seven Tour de France titles.
This interview will be broadcast in Spain early in the morningl Thursday to Friday on the television channel
This was assured Monday to the AP agency a source close to Armstrong's environment, who asked not to be identified, since the interview will not be broadcast until next Thursday.
According to Winfrey's website, it was an open interview without any type of filter, and it is the first to offer Armstrong since his career collapsed after the incriminating report that the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), which did not want to defend himself and why he was suspended for life from cycling and they retired all the titles got in the Tour de France in addition to having to return the prizes won.
According to OWN, the group of channels and programs of Oprah Winfrey, the presenter wanted the cyclist to talk about "the years of accusations of playing dirty and to lie about the use of doping substances throughout his career as a cyclist. "
In a Twitter message, the presenter said that the interview, which took place at Armstrong's home in Austin (Texas), lasted two and a half hours and that the cyclist came "prepared", without giving more details about its content.
Oprah will intervene next Thursday on the CBS show "This Morning" to talk about the interview that will be broadcast on her television channel OWN to the 21.00 on the same day (02.00 GMT on Friday) and can be followed online at Oprah.com .
The USADA report detailed a systematic program of doping with his colleagues from the US Postal Service teams, and that many of them were those who denounced how they were subjected to the doping that led their own Armstrong, that after knowing the report immediately lost all the support of the sponsors that he had as a "model" athlete and sports hero.
The USADA in its report related its involvement in what it qualified as the "most sophisticated, professionalized doping program and successful that sport has seen ", in which anabolic steroids, human growth hormone, blood transfusions and other products were used.
"My sincerely apologies"
Armstrong He also decided to retire from the position he held on the board of directors of the charitable foundation "Livestrong", which he himself founded in 1997 to fight against the cancer disease, of which he is a survivor.
The newspaper also indicates that this morning he met with a hundred members of the Livestrong Foundation, which he himself created in 1997 to fight against cancer, a disease that Armstrong himself suffered, to apologize.
In the words of the spokesperson of the foundation, Katherine McLane, the apologies of the athletes were "very sincere and heartfelt", according to the newspaper USA Today.
Reopening the case
Last Saturday, the newspaper The New York Times he published that Armstrong, of 41 years, told his closest collaborators and responsible for the fight against doping he was studying admit the use of prohibited medicines.
The same source pointed out that Armstrong he hoped to persuade the authorities to allow him return to compete in athletics that adhere to the World Anti-Doping Code, whereby the American has been sanctioned for life.
Armstrong had always vehemently denied the accusations of doping
However, his lawyer, Tim Herman, subsequently told the USA Today that there had been no talks with anti-doping agencies about any confession. Armstrong he had always vehemently denied the accusations of doping. In fact, officially, he has never tested positive.
For his part, David Howman, director general of the AMA, said earlier this month that the USADA, not his organization, would have the authority to decide if it should be reopen the case of Armstrong, if it were to present new information.
But also Armstrong It also faces other legal obstacles.
The US Department of Justice is considering joining the federal lawsuit that has put Armstrong his former teammate and compatriot Floyd Landis. A Dallas-based promotions company has also said that it wants to recover several million dollars paid in bonds to Armstrong for winning the Tour de France. While the British newspaper The Sunday Times, has sued Armstrong to recover 500.000 dollars that you were paid for a defamation lawsuit they lost.