Phew, the national, nay world, nightmare is over: Lance Armstrong has finally admitted to doping and sport, as a whole, is pure. Also, no, and we may not be done with Armstrong, either.
IOC vice president Thomas Bach told the Associated Press after Armstrong’s interview aired Thursday that he was happy to finally have an admission after years of anti-doping investigations, but that talking to Oprah simply isn’t enough.
“If he thinks this interview would help him get credibility back, I think this is too little, too late,” Bach said. “It’s a first step in the right direction, but no more. If he really loves his sport and wants to regain at least some credibility, then he should tell the whole truth.”
The IOC would like Armstrong to state his case in a testimony under oath to the IOC, World-Anti Doping Agency, and International Cycling Union and provide all the evidence at his disposal “so that we can bring an end to this dark episode and move forward, stronger and cleaner,” according to a statement from the IOC.
“We have no new facts — not a single new fact going beyond the USADA report,” Bach added. “I still hope for a full inquiry, but in general, you have to consider the anti-doping system since then has changed very much for the better.”