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French ex anti doping boss says Armstrong confession short on detail, minister denounces 'manipulation'

posted 18 Jan 2013, 04:24 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 18 Jan 2013, 04:24 ]

Former head of French anti-doping agency and French Sports Minister say that Lance Armstrong's confessions are not enough.

NICEFRANCE (JANUARY 18, 2013) (REUTERS) -  The former head of the French anti-doping agency AFLD and French SportsMinister Valerie Fourneyron said on Friday (January 18) that Lance Armstrong's confessions did not go far enough.

Pierre Bordry, who quit his role as president of the AFLD in 2010, said that Armstrong's admissions to American chat show host Oprah Winfrey weren't 'completely sufficient'.

Bordry added that further details about how the doping occurred were now needed to rescue the reputation of cycling as a sport.

"What is missing in his confessions is serious information about the way in which he got his supplies, whether there were people who helped him, whether there were circuits and networks. It would seem that in 1990 even before his cancer he started taking EPO or some equivalent, and there has be someone to explain. All that was not done alone. So in the interest of cycling and the fight against doping he must speak more," he said.

The anti-doping campaigner called on the International Cycling Union (UCI) to change in order to be 'credible'. The UCI itself is currently embroiled in a feud with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), whose chief John Fahey described the independent commission set up by the governing body to look into the use of performance-enhancing drugs in cycling as a "useless exercise."

Bordry also asked former cyclists to 'make a special effort' to eliminate doping in the sport so the Tour de France could continue for the benefit of bike fans everywhere.

The French Minister for Sport, Youth, and Community LifeValerie Fourneyron, told radiostation Europe 1 today that Armstrong's much-discussed interview continued the disgraced cyclist's 'manipulation'.

"The manipulation is ongoing. (It was) the occasion for a perfectly well-oiled show. We have the minimal confessions of Lance Armstrong, the very same who said while looking us straight in the eye that he had never cheated, who said at this instance of, yes, a show, that he had these minimal confessions, but nothing about the sophisticated, professional system that was exposed by the report by the American anti-doping agency USADA," she said.

Armstrong described himself as a "flawed character" when confessing his doping to Winfrey, but said he had never considered himself to be a cheat.