"We expect Lance to be completely truthful": Livestrong

AUSTIN, Texas Wed Jan 16, 2013 10:36am EST

Lance Armstrong, founder of the LIVESTRONG foundation, takes part in the Clinton Global Initiative in New York, in this September 22, 2010 file photo. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/Files

Lance Armstrong, founder of the LIVESTRONG foundation, takes part in the Clinton Global Initiative in New York, in this September 22, 2010 file photo.

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AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - The cancer foundation that Lance Armstrong founded said on Wednesday that it anticipates the former cyclist will be "completely truthful" in his chat with Oprah Winfrey set to air Thursday and Friday.

"We expect Lance to be completely truthful and forthcoming in his interview and with all of us in the cancer community," the Austin, Texas-based Livestrong Foundation said in a statement.

Armstrong's reported admission to Winfrey that he used performance-enhancing drugs during his cycling career comes after he has been banned for life and stripped of his seven Tour de France victories as a result of the doping scandal.

"Regardless, we are charting a strong, independent course forward that is focused on helping people overcome financial, emotional and physical challenges related to cancer," the statement said.

"Inspired by the people with cancer whom we serve, we feel confident and optimistic about the Foundation's future and welcome an end to speculation," Livestrong said in the statement.

The foundation, founded in 1997 and known for its yellow bracelets, advocates for cancer survivors and provides free services to help people affected by cancer navigate financial, emotional and other challenges.

Over the years, it has raised more than $500 million. The foundation said its 2013 budget is 10.9 percent less than its 2012 budget.

Armstrong, a survivor of testicular cancer, stepped down as a Livestrong board member in November. The foundation, originally called the Lance Armstrong Foundation but known informally for years as Livestrong, formally dropped Armstrong's name from its title in October.

Armstrong, who lives in Austin, visited the foundation staff earlier this week.

"He expressed his regret for the stress the team suffered in recent years as a result of the controversy surrounding his cycling career," the foundation's statement said. "He asked that they stay focused on serving people affected by cancer, something our team has always done excellently and will continue to do."

(Editing by Barbara Goldberg and Maureen Bavdek)

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Comments (2)
Alix59 wrote:
This man is a full blown liar and a fraud! He is one of the biggest fraudsters in American history as while he was conquering titles he was doping himself and denying it to the World. It would have been better if he had never said a word, but he even used those circumstances to portray himself as “Mr Marvelous.” He was never the great American hero, he only conned people into believing it. He should go down as THE Great American fraudster.

To everyone who thinks the contrary: Should all the criminals in jail be freed if they said they’re sorry? It is so morally and ethically wrong to remake him back into the Great American hero, and an insult to all the honorable cyclists that work exceedingly hard… Remember, he is only having to say the truth because he was caught!… It would be more dignified if he keeps quiet, unfortunately it’s not in his “Mr Big” character.

Jan 16, 2013 12:00pm EST  --  Report as abuse
gregbrew56 wrote:
“We expect Lance to be completely truthful”: Livestrong

Bwahahahahahahah!

And I expect monkeys to fly out of my posterior!

Jan 17, 2013 12:01am EST  --  Report as abuse
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