BOSTON — Lance Armstrong plans to admit to doping during his cycling career in an upcoming television interview, the USA Today newspaper reported on Saturday.
Citing “a person with knowledge of the situation,” the report said that “in the interview the famed cyclist plans to admit to doping throughout his career but probably will not get into great detail about specific cases and events.”
The interview with Oprah Winfrey is to be taped on Monday at his house in Austin, Texas, and broadcast on Thursday on the Oprah Winfrey Network.
Armstrong, 41, was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles between 1999 and 2005 and disqualified from all events since 1998 by the ruling body UCI after the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency said in a report that he led “the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen.”
Armstrong stated he never used banned substances and said he never failed a doping test.
The New York Times also reported that Armstrong was pondering a confession in the interview, which will be his first public appearance since the USADA report in October.
The report last week said that Armstrong has been under pressure to confess from wealthy supporters of Livestrong, the charity he founded after surviving testicular cancer. Armstrong has stepped down from his positions at Livestrong after the ban.
However, if Armstrong admits to doping, he could be sued or held liable to various parties who believe he defrauded them when he denied the use of performance-enhancing substances.