BBC News reports that Lance Armstrong is going to appear on the Oprah Winfrey Show on 17 January and it is rumoured that the shamed Texan will finally come clean about his doping past.
If he does it will be quite a turnaround as only in November he tweeted this picture of himself below the heading 'Back in Austin and just layin' around...'. No sign of remorse and certainly no suggestion he was considering admitting all in the near future.
A statement on Oprah Winfrey's website says the following:
'Oprah Winfrey will speak exclusively with Lance Armstrong in his first no-holds-barred interview. Armstrong will address the alleged doping scandal, years of accusations of cheating, and charges of lying about the use of performance-enhancing drugs throughout his storied cycling career.
The special 90-minute Thursday night episode of Oprah's Next Chapter will air Thursday, January 17 (9:00 – 10:30 p.m. ET/PT) on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. In addition-the interview will be simultaneously streamed LIVE worldwide on Oprah.com and Facebook.com/owntv
In the interview, Winfrey speaks with Armstrong at his home in Austin, Texas in the only interview since the seven-time Tour de France winner was stripped of his titles and dropped from millions of dollars in endorsement deals after the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency released an extensive report accusing the renown cyclist of doping throughout his career. Armstrong was given a lifetime ban on competing professionally. Late last year, Armstrong resigned as chairman of the foundation he created, Livestrong, which has raised hundreds of millions of dollars in the fight against cancer.'
It should make for some compelling viewing, to say the least, even putting aside Winfrey's' cosy interviewing style. If he does come clean, then this is going to be one of the major TV moments of the decade - definitely one not to miss!
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