The once seven time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong has told associates that he is considering admitting to doping through his career.
The New York Times reports that Armstrong would only do this to persuade antidoping officials to restore his eligibility so that he can restore his athletic career. Armstrong had competed in numerous triathlons after he finished his cycling career.
Armstrong's attorney, Tim Herman, said of the potential admission, "I do not know about that. I suppose anything is possible, for sure. Right now, that’s really not on the table."
According to the World Anti-Doping Code, an athlete may have a lifetime ban reduced if he or she fully confesses and details how they doped, who they helped dope, and how they got away with it. Armstrong has been in contact with the US Anti-Doping Agency to try and get his lifetime ban reduced or overturned. Armstrong has also been in contact with the World Anti-Doping Agency. Herman has denied that his client spoke with the USADA.
There are obstacles, however, in Armstrong admitting to doping. Among them are a federal whistle blower case in which he and several members of the US Postal Service cycling team have been accused of defrauding the government by allowing doping within the team. The contract with the US Postal Service explicitly forbid doping amongst its members.