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Lance Armstrong refuses meeting with USADA

02/20/2013 3:47 PM ET
By Joe Auriemma

Lance Armstrong will not meet with the USADA to discuss doping in sports.(Livestrong)
Lance Armstrong has decided to remain silent, at least to everyone but Oprah Winfrey.

Armstrong's attorney, Tim Herman, has informed the United States Anti-Doping Agency that Armstrong will not interview under oath, denying their request for a meeting to discuss everything the deposed seven-time Tour de France champion knows about doping and its rampancy in sports.

USADA officials have publicly stated that Armstrong must speak with them if he hopes at all to reduce his lifetime ban from sports. The cyclist had a Wednesday deadline to agree to the meeting, but after more than two months of negotiations, Herman now says Armstrong won't participate in a process designed ''only to demonize selected individuals.''

Armstrong has said he is willing to participate in an international effort to clean up cycling, but that willingness comes after he had openly denied any use of performance-enhancing drugs for several years before finally admitting to it in January after his titles had already been stripped from him.

The 2002 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year has gone into a bit of a hibernation after his interview with Oprah on the OWN Network; formerly very active on Twitter, Armstrong has tweeted just once since his television appearance, and if his motive to come clean was to eventually have his ban from the cycling world lifted, his decline to meet with officials may have just ended any chance of that happening.

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