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.”
Recently replaced U.S. Olympic Committee acting CEO Susanne Lyons, USA Gymnastics President and CEO Kerry Perry and Michigan State interim president John Engler are scheduled witnesses for a Senate subcommittee hearing next Tuesday on reforms following the Larry Nassar sexual-abuse crimes.
The hearing is titled, “Strengthening and Empowering U.S. Amateur Athletes: Moving Forward with Solutions” and will stream live at https://www.commerce.senate.gov/ on Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. ET.
“The hearing will focus on changes made by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), USA Gymnastics (USAG), and Michigan State University (MSU) to protect Olympic and amateur athletes from abuse,” according to the subcommittee’s website. “It will examine recent reforms to provide safe environments for athletes and how these reforms are being implemented.”
The subcommittee held hearings April 18 and June 5 with testimonies from gymnasts and other athletes who were abused, former Michigan State president Lou Anna Simon and former senior vice president of USA Gymnastics Rhonda Faehn. Former USA Gymnastics CEO Steve Penny also attended the June 5 hearing but refused to answer questions.
Lyons and Perry were questioned at a House subcommittee hearing May 23.
The USOC last Thursday named Sarah Hirshland its new CEO, replacing Lyons, who had been in the role on an interim basis since Scott Blackmun resigned in February. Blackmun, who had been CEO since January 2010, left citing prostate cancer and the USOC’s need to immediately address the USA Gymnastics sexual-abuse scandal.
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Annemiek van Vleuten, the cyclist who returned from a horrific Rio Olympic road race crash to become world champion, repeated as La Course winner with an epic last-kilometer comeback on Tuesday.
Van Vleuten sprinted from several seconds behind countrywoman Anna van der Breggen to win the one-day race, including four categorized climbs, contested on part of the Tour de France stage 10 course later that day.
“With 300 meters to go, I still thought I got second, and then I saw her dying,” Van Vleuten said, adding later, according to Cyclingnews.com, “With 500 meters to go my team director in the car gave up and stopped cheering for me.”
In Rio, van Vleuten suffered three small spine fractures and a concussion when her brakes appeared to lock, and she flipped over into a ditch during the road race. Van Vleuten was alone in the lead at the time with about seven miles to go of the 87-mile course.
She was eventually hospitalized in intensive care.
Van der Breggen went on to win the Olympic title, while van Vleuten returned quick enough to race at the October 2016 World Championships.
Van Vleuten, 35, won her first world title 13 months after the Rio Games, taking the time trial crown ahead of van der Breggen by 12 seconds. She also won the 10-stage Giro Rosa that concluded on Sunday.
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