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THE WELLINGTONIAN, JANUARY 24, 2013
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Armstrong's cunning plan
Public relations: Lance Armstrong begins his rehabilitation with a chat to Oprah Winfrey.
Iwas duped by Lance Arm-
strong last week.
Not about whether he was a
drugs cheat. I ve never doubted
that. Despite his vehement protes-
tations, there s been far too much
No, it was his two and a half
hour interview with Oprah Winf-
rey, spread over two days. I
watched it all, fascinated that
someone who had been so arro-
gant and defiant could backflip so
Afterwards I felt pretty good.
Big Lance, one of the great drugs
cheats, had fessed up. But in the
days since, I ve felt increasingly
disconcerted. What did we really
learn from all that talk?
I suppose we know that the line
I have never failed a drugs test
is meaningless. But those of us
who follow sport closely already
We knew it even before the
arrival of sprint queen Marion
Jones, who was jailed after taking
drugs then lying under oath. She,
too, never failed a drugs test.
I knew it in 1988, when Flor-
ence Griffith Joyner ran breath-
taking sprint times that no-one
has even approached since, then
quickly retired. She never failed a
drugs test either, but it was
blindingly obvious she was a
Armstrong wouldn t concede
that he had orchestrated his Tour
de France team s drug-taking
regime. He portrayed himself as
just one of the boys.
That is false. He put together
every aspect of his Tour de France
campaigns. Why would he leave
something as important as the
drugs to other people?
He wouldn t name anyone who
was complicit in the cheating, as if
adhering to an unwritten code of
conduct. Noble, but hardly helpful
in cleaning up his sport.
There was no satisfactory expla-
nation for why he paid the Inter-
national Cycling Union hundreds
of thousands of dollars, except
that it asked for money.
The accusation is that he was
paying off officials who had got
hold of a positive Armstrong test.
He denied that.
He also denied he d failed a test
during the 2001 Swiss tour. It is
common knowledge on the cycling
circuit that he did.
Armstrong claimed he d ridden
his comeback tours, in 2009 and
That, too, is almost certainly a
lie. Tests of his blood during those
tours point to someone who was
tampering, perhaps blood doping.
Armstrong said the dossier of
evidence produced by the United
States Anti Doping Agency had
cost him $75 million in lost spon-
I ve been thinking about that,
Armstrong is worth conserva-
tively $100 million. It s money
gained by cheating. He had no
right to the prizemoney or all
those lucrative endorsements.
Rather, he deprived deserving
cyclists -- because not every rider
cheated -- of money, titles and
glory. He said he was sorry for
how he had treated his accusers.
He has ruined their lives, using
his considerable influence to run
them out of the sport, labelling
them psychos and sluts, saying
that they had no credibility and so
on.No wonder most haven t been
terribly eager to embrace him.
As I reflect on the interview, I
feel he is sorry, but mainly that he
made the comeback that led to
him being caught. He said he d
been punished more heavily than
other athletes in his situation.
Finally, there was the interview
itself. Winfrey regards herself as
as big a star as her subject. She
didn t have the knowledge or the
interviewing skill to push Arm-
strong where he didn t want to go.
If he s truly contrite, he ll
appear before an inquiry, swear
his evidence on oath and really
What happened the other day
was just the first step in a public
relations campaign designed to
Nick Willis to run at Newtown Park
By AMY JACKMAN
Wellington s top athletes, includ-
ing Olympic medallist Nick Willis,
will throw, run and jump against
the best New Zealand has to offer
in the Capital Classic athletics
meet on Friday, January 25.
The classic is the first meet to
be held on the refurbished track
at Newtown Park.
Wellington track and field com-
mittee member Geoff Henry said
it was a great chance for Welling-
ton athletes to compete against
some of the best national and
international athletes and com-
The headline event is the New
Zealand national 3000-metre
championship featuring Willis,
who ran a sub-four minute mile at
the Cooks Classic in Whanganui
on January 22.
The men s hammer throw
features the top New Zealand
throwers, all of whom are from the
We ve also got some of the top
young women s discus throwers
from around the country taking
part, Mr Henry said.
Field events start at 4pm with
the hammer throw. Track events
start at 5pm with the open grade
The Capital Classic is Welling-
ton s stop on the New Zealand
grand prix athletics series.
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