IOC President Thomas Bach opposes any lessening of Lance Armstrong's lifetime doping ban, saying Wednesday that any appeals for leniency by the disgraced American rider are ''too little, too late.''
After urging the World Anti-Doping Agency to introduce tougher punishments for drug cheats, Bach told The Associated Press in an interview that Armstrong has not made a ''real admission'' and his ban should not be reviewed.
Armstrong has suggested he might cooperate with a cycling commission investigating doping in return for a reduction in his life ban from all organized sport. Speculation has increased after WADA said Tuesday an independent cycling investigation was imminent.
''I would not feel comfortable with this (reducing Armstrong's ban) because it is too little, too late. It was not even a real admission,'' Bach told the AP after addressing delegates at the World Conference on Doping in Sport.
''Now trying to bargain a deal there after everything has been proven, and now that...