Armstrong ready for 'truth and reconciliation' commission probe into doping, not USADA, says lawyer
Lance Armstrong's lawyer has said that the cyclist is ready to cooperate with an international 'truth and reconciliation commission' digging into doping in professional cycling, but not with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.
USADA, designated by Congress as the country's official anti-doping organization for Olympic sports, had reached out to Armstrong's representatives, asking the former champion cyclist to talk to them at length by February 6 about his past.
According to CNN, in a letter dated Friday, Armstrong's lawyer Timothy Herman acknowledged the USADA request, but said that 'logistically, it is simply not possible' to do in the next two weeks 'due to preexisting obligations'.
Furthermore, Herman wrote that Armstrong is more inclined to cooperate with international sports authorities, specifically the Union Cycliste Internationale, which recently announced its intention to set up a 'truth and reconciliation commission' in conjunction with the World Anti-Doping Agency, the report said.
The lawyer reasoned USADA has limited jurisdiction over the sport, since it has focused on the U.S. Postal Service team once led by Armstrong, but not the vast majority of professional cycling teams that have raced in recent decades, it added.