The once seven time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong has told associates that he is considering admitting to doping through his career.
The New York Times reports that Armstrong would only do this to persuade antidoping officials to restore his eligibility so that he can restore his athletic career. Armstrong had competed in numerous triathlons after he finished his cycling career.
Armstrong's attorney, Tim Herman, said of the potential admission, "I do not know about that. I suppose anything is possible, for sure. Right now, that’s really not on the table."
According to the World Anti-Doping Code, an athlete may have a lifetime ban reduced if he or she fully confesses and details how they doped, who they helped dope, and how they got away with it. Armstrong has been in contact with the US Anti-Doping Agency to try and get his lifetime ban reduced or overturned. Armstrong has also been in contact with the World Anti-Doping Agency. Herman has denied that his client spoke with the USADA.
There are obstacles, however, in Armstrong admitting to doping. Among them are a federal whistle blower case in which he and several members of the US Postal Service cycling team have been accused of defrauding the government by allowing doping within the team. The contract with the US Postal Service explicitly forbid doping amongst its members.
US women's soccer team goalkeeper Hope Solo received a warning from the US Anti Doping Agency after she had tested positive for a banned substance.
Solo will still suit up for the Americans in the Olympic Games in London.
The banned substance in question is Canrenone, a drug that can be used as a diuretic. Solo tested positive for the drug back on June 15.
Solo said in a statement, "I took a medication prescribed by my personal doctor for pre-menstrual purposes that I did not know contained a diuretic. Once informed of this fact, I immediately cooperated with USADA and shared with them everything they needed to properly conclude that I made an honest mistake, and that the medication did not enhance my performance in any way."
"As someone who believes in clean sport, I am glad to have worked with USADA to resolve this matter and I look forward to representing my country at the 2012 Olympic Games in London," she continued to say.
According to USADA rules, Solo is allowed to receive a public warning in lieu of a suspension. The rules were implemented back in 2009 after the review and revision of the WADA code.
Disgraced former NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamines on Tuesday night at his Catawba, North Carolina home.
Mayfield, 42, posted a $3,000 bond and was released from jail. the Catawba County Sheriff's Office also found $100,000 worth of stolen goods in Mayfield's home. The items in question were truck parts and welding materials that belonged to two local businesses. Mayfield was also charged with possession and intent to sell marijuana.
Jeremy Mayfield was suspended by NASCAR after the former Sprint Cup driver tested positive of methamphetamines in 2009. Mayfield claims the positive test was a result of mixing allergy medication and Adderall. Mayfield appealed his suspension numerous times, but each time the suspension was upheld. He sued NASCAR for the false test and remains active.
Mayfield in his career has won five Sprint Cup Series wins, his last coming in 2005 at Michigan. His best finish in the point standings was a seventh place finish in 1998. He last raced in 2009, prior to his suspension, at Richmond finishing at distant 35th. Mayfield was suspended one week later and never raced again.