Cyclist Lance Armstrong is interviewed by Oprah Winfrey in Austin, Texas.
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Liar. Thief. Bully. Tyrant. Perjurer. Criminal. Weasel.
Pick one or all of the above. These are just some of the epithets disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong has earned over the past 48 hours as his much-touted interviews with Oprah Winfrey have hit the global airwaves.
A man with more than a passing interest in the content of the chats is John Fahey, president of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
He thinks each and every word is an apt descriptor for Armstrong, the self-confessed drug cheat Fahey says is still telling lies about the extent of his doping during the American’s years on the international cycling circuit.
Speaking exclusively to QMI Agency in a telephone interview from his home in Australia, Fahey says he can see “no future for Lance Armstrong in the world of sport now or anytime in the future. He is finished.”
“The man is a self-confessed liar and drug cheat,” Fahey said, “why would cycling or any other sport have anything to do with him?
“Until Lance Armstrong agrees to be questioned under oath rather than on the couch of a media celebrity, then I really have to doubt whether or not what we are hearing is even a close approximation of the truth.”
Fahey was scathing of Armstrong’s reluctance to name names and out those who worked to enable him and his team to escape testing for so long.
He said that as long as Armstrong continued to avoid publicly outing officials by name, other riders and those in his own entourage, then everything he said during his two Oprah interviews would be nothing other than an elaborate public relations exercise.
“Armstrong bullied good, decent people during his time at the top because they dared to challenge him. I have yet to hear genuine remorse about that.
“I think Lance Armstrong is a very confused person. He possesses a narcissistic personality that frames every argument and contest by how it directly affects him with no regard for anyone else - friend or foe.
“The evidence is clear that Armstrong was doping during his entire career. We have clear evidence from USADA (United States Anti-Doping Agency) that his blood tests showed variations that confirm he was doping after 2005.
“When faced with the choice of accepting hard scientific evidence from USADA or untested assertions from self-confessed liar Lance Armstrong on a talk show host’s couch, I know who to believe.”
Fahey confirmed that Armstrong had as recently as last December declined to give evidence to USADA under oath.