Lance Armstrong's lawyer has said the cyclist will not be interviewed under oath about doping by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. USADA claims he is "worried of potential criminal and civil liability" if he does.
The US Anti-Doping Agency has claimed that Lance Armstrong "was worried of potential criminal and civil liability" if he gave evidence to them about doping:
We have provided Mr Armstrong several opportunities to assist in our ongoing efforts to clean up the sport of cycling.
Following his recent television interview, we again invited him to come in and provide honest information, and he was informed in writing by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) that this was the appropriate avenue for him if he wanted to be part of the solution.
Over the last few weeks he has led us to believe that he wanted to come in and assist USADA, but was worried of potential criminal and civil liability if he did so.
Today we learned from the media that Mr Armstrong is choosing not to come in and be truthful and that he will not take the opportunity to work toward righting his wrongs in sport.
– US Anti-Doping Agency chief executive Travis Tygart
Lance is willing to cooperate fully and has been very clear: He will be the first man through the door, and once inside will answer every question, at an international tribunal formed to comprehensively address pro cycling, an almost exclusively European sport.
We remain hopeful that an international effort will be mounted, and we will do everything we can to facilitate that result.
In the meantime, for several reasons, Lance will not participate in USADA's efforts to selectively conduct American prosecutions that only demonise selected individuals while failing to address the 95% of the sport over which USADA has no jurisdiction.
Lance Armstrong's lawyer has said the cyclist won't be interviewed under oath by a U.S. Anti-Doping Agency official who wanted him to tell them all he knows about doping, according to the AP news agency.
USADA officials had said the disgraced cyclist must speak with them if he hoped to reduce his lifetime ban from sports. Today was the deadline for him to agree to speak to them.
Tim Herman said the process served "only to demonise selected individuals."