Lance Armstrong apologizes to Livestrong ahead of Oprah interview

Washington, Jan. 15 (ANI): Banned cyclist Lance Armstrong has apologized to the staff at his Livestrong cancer foundation before heading to an interview with Oprah Winfrey, where he confessed to doping, person knowledge with the situation has said.

Stripped last year of his seven Tour de France titles because of doping charges, the person said that Armstrong addressed the staff and said that he was sorry in a choked voice.

The person also said Armstrong apologized for letting the staff down and putting Livestrong at risk, but he did not make a direct confession to the group about using banned drugs, Huffington Post reports.

He said he would try to restore the foundation's reputation, and urged the group to continue fighting for the charity's mission of helping cancer patients and their families.

After the meeting, Armstrong, his legal team and close advisers gathered at a downtown Austin hotel for the interview with Oprah Winfrey.

Armstrong was to make a limited confession to Winfrey about his role as the head of a long-running scheme to dominate the Tour with the aid of performance-enhancing drugs, the report said.

He lost all seven Tour titles following a voluminous U.S. Anti-Doping Agency report that portrayed him as a ruthless competitor, willing to go to any lengths to win the prestigious race, it added.

USADA chief executive Travis Tygart labeled the doping regimen allegedly carried out by the U.S. Postal Service team that Armstrong once led 'the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen.'

The interview with Winfrey will be Armstrong's first public response to the USADA report. Armstrong is not expected to provide a detailed account about his involvement, nor address in depth many of the specific allegations in the more than 1,000-page USADA report, the report added. (ANI)

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