Armstrong funded UCI doping research

Wednesday, April 20, 2005 11.00pm
Lance Armstrong confirms in a TV interview with Eurosport that he has put a "fair amount" into the U

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Lance Armstrong has admitted in an interview with Eurosport that he has given money to the International Cycling Union's anti-doping research and control programme. Although Armstrong said that he had not wanted to advertise his donation to the UCI, which he described as "a fair amount", UCI president Hein Verbruggen told the TV sports channel that "he gave money for the research against doping, to discover new anti-doping methods. He gave money from his private funds, cash. He didn't want this to be known but he did it."

Asked by Eurosport about the donation, Armstrong said that it "is not my position or my modus operandi to advertise what I do. So, if I've donated money to the UCI to combat doping, step up controls and to fund research, it is not my job to issue a press release. That's a secret thing, because it's the right thing to do."

Armstrong continued: "Doping has existed for ever. It did not start in 1998. It has existed since the first Olympics and probably even before. There was always a way to go faster. And doping will never go away. So this is an ongoing process and an ongoing fight. I think we all have to be involved, either through our words or actions or funding.

"I am not the type of person that likes to get up and say in the newspaper: 'Our sport is dirty, everybody is cheating.' This is the sport that I love more than anything, the sport that feeds my children. Why would I stand up and say that? There are other avenues to combat doping versus trashing the sport and its players, and sponsors and spectators. It's been the road that I chose. Maybe I'm right, maybe I'm wrong."

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