Endurance: Travis Tygart

USADA chief: Truth commission 'imminent'

November, 7, 2013
For all the talk of a vast truth-telling commission since last year's doping revelations, real action has been scarce. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency CEO, however, believes that will change, and soon.

"We've been screaming from the mountain tops at every chance we've gotten. Well over a year ago now, to have a process where you give the athletes the opportunity to come forward and be truthful, and you put a stake in the ground," Travis Tygart, USADA CEO, told VeloNews.

"We are confident that it's imminent that a process to give it a chance to unshackle itself from the past is actually going to happen very soon."

Last week, Canadian Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Sharp) admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs earlier in his career, and that he had worked with USADA. Tygart said he understood the frustrations that come admission-by-admission.

"Look, I understand the frustration, whether it's Ryder or anyone else coming out. That frustration ought to be aimed not at those riders who have voluntarily come in and been truthful with authorities at this point," Tygart said.

"That frustration ought to be aimed at [the] UCI. And look, we're as hopeful as we've ever been with the new leadership. We've had very good, productive conversations," he said.

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USADA will move forward without Lance

February, 20, 2013
Lance Armstrong will not cooperate with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency ahead of its Wednesday deadline for him to testify.

Today was the deadline for the Texan to determine if he would work with USADA in its investigation of doping in professional cycling. If he did, there was a chance his lifetime ban from high-level competition could be reduced to eight years, offering him a chance to compete in triathlons and marathons.

Armstrong will not work with USADA, at least for now, because the agency's efforts, according to Armstrong attorney Tim Herman, are "selective" and will "demoralize" American riders in a sport that's largely European.

"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," Herman said in a statement. "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 percent of the sport over which USADA has no jurisdiction."

USADA CEO Travis Tygart said he would move forward with his investigation regardless.

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