Armstrong issue is sad: Jacques Rogge

Jan 25, 2013, 08:33 IST | Agencies

Lance Armstrong's doping scandal was both disappointing and sad, International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Jacques Rogge

Armstrong had already been stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and his 2000 Olympic bronze medal before making his personal confession to American talk show host Oprah Winfrey last week. 

IOC president Jacques Rogge

And Rogge, who steps down as president in September after 12 years in charge, said: “Armstrong’s is a sad story but one has to take this as an opportunity. It is a pivotal moment for cycling. There is a new spirit within cycling. The fight should be intensified in terms of the role the entourage has played. The athletes are not the only ones implicated in doping. The entourage gives bad advice to the athletes,” Rogge told AFP in Lausanne. 

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