USADA declines comment on Armstrong confession report

USADA spokesperson declines to comment on the precedent for Armstrong to return to competition if he were to confess to doping

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (VN) — U.S. Anti-Doping Agency officials have declined comment on the latest turn in the Lance Armstrong affair, following The New York Times’ report that the banned former world champion was considering a confession.

The Times on Friday reported that Armstrong would confess to having used performance enhancing drugs and blood transfusions in order to ease the lifetime ban from competition the U.S. anti-doping body saddled him with when he elected in August 2012 not to contest a laundry list of doping charges. It was also said, through the conduit of unnamed sources, that Armstrong had engaged USADA brass regarding a potential confession.

The American anti-doping body is the entity that pursued Armstrong after a federal criminal investigation was dropped without explanation, and issued the 1,000-page “Reasoned Decision,” which offered a comprehensive look at what USADA pegged as a wide-ranging doping conspiracy at the U.S. Postal Service team.

On Saturday, a USADA spokesperson responded with “no comment” to several questions touching on Armstrong’s reported contact with the agency, how a confession would alter the possibility of the Texan’s appearance at former director Johan Bruyneel’s anticipated hearing, and the precedent for an athlete that’s been previously banned for life to return to high-level completion.