Cyclist Lance Armstrong again has decided not to cooperate with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, but said he still plans to “cooperate fully” with other anti-doping authorities instead.
USA Today reported Wednesday that Armstrong has rejected USADA’s deadline to submit to a full debriefing about how he cheated on the tour and got away with it for years.
If he had agreed to cooperate in time, his testimony could have paved the way for a reduction in his lifetime ban from sanctioned sporting events.
A statement from Armstrong’s attorney, Tim Herman read:
“Lance is willing to cooperate fully and has been very clear: He will be the first man through the door, and once inside will answer every question, at an international tribunal formed to comprehensively address pro cycling, an almost exclusively European sport.
”We remain hopeful that an international effort will be mounted, and we will do everything we can to facilitate that result. In the meantime, for several reasons, Lance will not participate in USADA’s efforts to selectively conduct American prosecutions that only demonize selected individuals while failing to address the 95% of the sport over which USADA has no jurisdiction.”
More from USA Today here.