Lance Armstrong To Open Up To Oprah Winfrey About Doping Scandal

Lance Armstrong To Open Up To Oprah Winfrey About Doping ScandalLance Armstrong has apologised to the staff at his Livestrong Foundation, amid reports that the US cyclist may admit doping in a TV interview. Armstrong made the personal apology during private conversations in Austin, Texas, a foundation spokeswoman said. His interview with Oprah Winfrey is due to be broadcast on Thursday.

‘Most sophisticated doping programme’

Armstrong, 41, was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles by the sport’s governing body last year. He has maintained his innocence. Armstrong, who also received a lifetime ban from governing body the International Cycling Union (UCI) and the US Anti-Doping Agency (Usada), was reportedly close to tears. It was not quite a confession of sustained cheating, but that is what many in the cycling world and across America are expecting to hear when they tune in to the cyclist’s interview on 17 January, the BBC’s Paul Adams in Washington reports.

Armstrong ended his fight against doping charges in August 2012. In October, Usada released a 1,000-page report saying he had been at the heart of “the most sophisticated, professionalised and successful doping programme” ever seen in sport. Armstrong also later resigned as chairman of the Livestrong Foundation, the cancer charity he created.


His lawyer, Tim Herman, has described the Usada report as a “one-sided hatchet job” and the cyclist himself has accused the agency of offering “corrupt inducements” to other riders to speak out against him. It is believed he is considering an admission because he wants to resume his athletic career, and has shown an interest in competing in triathlons.

But there are a number of obstacles to a full confession. The New York Times has reported Armstrong’s supporters are concerned he could face perjury charges if he confesses to using performance-enhancing drugs, because he made sworn testimony in a 2005 court case that he had never done so. In addition, the cyclist faces a number of legal cases.

Do you believe Lance Armstrong is guilty of the doping charges hurled against him? And should the Livestrong Foundation accept his apology?

Source: BBC News

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Whitney Houston’s Body Finally Laid to Rest

Whitney Houston’s journey “home” ended with a private burial in New Jersey on Sunday as questions persist about what caused the superstar’s death.

A crowd gathered at the entrance to Fairview Cemetery in Westfield, south of Newark, where Houston’s body arrived late Sunday morning. She was laid to rest next to her father in the cemetery. Her burial brings an end to her “coming home,” as her family dubbed the invitation-only memorial service held a day earlier at her childhood church in Newark.

The family-only burial is in contrast to the emotionally charged, star-studded memorial service held at New Hope Baptist Church, where Houston, nicknamed “Nippy,” was soloing in the junior choir by age 11.

“Jesus Loves Me” was the last song Houston sang in public before her death on February 11 in Beverly Hills, California, at the age of 48. So it was fitting that the mourners — comforted and encouraged by the likes of Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys and R. Kelly — heard the simple, but powerful, “Jesus Loves Me,” this time performed by CeCe Winans. One of the most emotional moments in the service came when Keys recalled how Houston helped her and others achieve success. Keys ended her tribute to Houston by singing “Send Me an Angel,” her voice soaring into the rafters of the sanctuary.

Oprah Winfrey, Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Spike Lee were among those who attended. Houston’s former husband, Bobby Brown, also arrived at the service but left soon after.

Source: CNN

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