Doping confession ‘an opportunity’

Lance Armstrong’s confession has been welcomed by the SA Institute for Drug Free Sport.

Lance Armstrong (US Postal/USA) blows in a tester during the traditional medical check-up on July 4, 2001 in Liege, Belgium, two days before the official start of the 91st Tour de France cycling race. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Institute for Drug Free Sports (SAIDS) said Lance Armstrong's doping confession during an interview with Oprah Winfrey, has presented a new opportunity for the cycling community.

At the same time the organisation's Khalid Galant said this does not take away the disappointment that came with Armstrong's admission that he had been using banned substances for years.

"We're hoping to build on this confession and hopefully provide us with more testimony where he can do it under oath, that we can look at the network and infrastructure of doping."

Galant also said the confession also allows SAIDS to look at how they can improve their strategies to combat doping, in the sport.

Meanwhile, other sporting greats have also weighed in on the doping saga,

Tennis champion Serena Williams said that Armstrong has let down all other sportsmen and women.