Australian state seeking damages from Lance Armstrong
The government of South Australia state said Tuesday it will seek damages or compensation from Lance Armstrong after his reported confession to Oprah Winfrey that he doped during his career.
Roger Federer, meanwhile, wants to hear the confession for himself. South Australia Premier Jay Weatherill said the state would seek the repayment of several million dollars in appearance fees paid to Armstrong for competing in the Tour Down Under cycle race in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Weatherill said reports Armstrong admitted doping during a recorded interview with Winfrey, due to be broadcast in the United States on Thursday, changed the governments view on its entitlement to compensation. He said Armstrong has deceived the cycling community around the world by repeatedly denying he used performance-enhancing drugs during a career in which he won the Tour de France seven times.Wed be more than happy for Mr. Armstrong to make any repayment of monies to us, Weatherill said. Speaking from the Australian Open at Melbourne Park after advancing easily into the second round with a 6-2, 6-4, 6-1 win over Benoit Paire, Federer said he hadintrigued to hear the interview' There has been a lot of talk about it, and obviously, you know, a lot of focus on Lance and the cycling part' the 17-time tennis Grand Slam winner said. It's obviously been a difficult situation for the whole of the sport and for him and all the people involved. So I've got to get the facts right and just hear what he said, really. French tennis veteran Michael Llodra voiced the sentiment of many of his countrymen, sayingwe were suspicious of Armstrong's achievements. But if he announcing that he was doping it's a shame because it's a sport that's trying to save its image Llodra added.If the champion was doing it, not good for the image of cycling.