Lance Armstrong would need “something close to a miracle” to get his life ban quashed in exchange for coming clean about his doping activities, World Anti-Doping Agency president John Fahey claimed on Tuesday.
Fahey poured scorn on the prospect of disgraced cyclist Armstrong being given any reduction in his punishment for cheating his way to all seven of his Tour de France titles after the American vowed on Monday to co-operate with any inquiry into the sport’s past.
Armstrong warned he would only testify at a so-called truth and reconciliation committee in exchange for a guarantee that all dopers who were exposed would be treated equally, including himself.
The United States Anti-Doping Agency has the power to reduce the 42-year-old’s sanction but Fahey, speaking at the World Conference on Doping in Sport in Johannesburg, said: “Look, as far as I’m concerned, it’s done and dusted. Armstrong did what he did, we all know what that is. He did not co-operate, he did not defend the charges that USADA put out there last year and he was dealt with.
“The proper process and the reasoned decision that was released by USADA was, to me, irrefutable.
“The simple fact is that the only one that can reopen – and there’d have to be a damned good reason – the case against Lance Armstrong is USADA.
“There would have to be an extraordinarily powerful reason as I would see it.
“You have to wonder, with time, just how valuable the information is that he may have.
“But I see it as done and dusted and it would take something close to a miracle to see that changed.”