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Djokovic slams Lance Armstrong: ‘He should suffer for his lies’

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Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic will face No. 15 Stanislas Wawrinka in the fourth round of the Australian Open. (Dita Alangkara/AP)

Novak Djokovic may have been preparing to play during the airing of the interview in which Lance Armstrong admitted to Oprah Winfrey that he used performance-enhancing drugs on the way to winning seven Tour de France titles, but that didn’t stop the world No. 1 from slamming the cyclist.

“It would be ridiculous for him to decline and refuse all the charges because it has been proven,” Djokovic said after his third-round victory against Radek Stepanek at the Australian Open on Friday. “They have like a thousand proofs that he’s positive. I think it’s a disgrace for the sport to have an athlete like this. He cheated the sport. He cheated many people around the world with his career, with his life story. I think they should take all his titles away because it’s not fair toward any sportsman, any athlete. It’s just not the way to be successful. So I think he should suffer for his lies all these years.”

Djokovic also was asked about tennis’ anti-doping measures, which you can read here. As for cycling, he criticized its grueling races, which Djokovic thought encouraged widespread doping.

“I lost a lot of faith in cycling,” he said. “I used to watch it. All the big champions that were there, Marco Pantani, now Lance Armstrong. Yeah, I don’t want to say all. I really don’t know. There has been so much controversy about that sport. I’m sure that there are many cyclists in the world who are training very hard and trying to not use any enhancing drugs for their competition.

“But I think it’s not acceptable that they have physically so much races in short period of the time. I think basically every single day, day and a half, they have to go through 200 miles. Uphill, downhill in Giro D’Italia, Tour de France, that’s inhuman effort. As you can see, Lance Armstrong, many other big champions, had to use something to succeed.”

  • Published On Jan 18, 2013
  • 9 comments
    TimCDowney
    TimCDowney

    If people think the steroid problem is only in cycling and not in tennis or other sports they are dead wrong. In my opinion as a former professional tennis player many of the top men's and women's tennis players are doing some type of steroid or doping procedure- it's definitely out there, and I've been told by reputable sources it's out there. If this ever came out though it would wreck the game of tennis for years to come-something the USTA doesn't want to see happen. This is why in my opinion stricter testing in tennis is not being done. In a way you almost can't blame these athletes for doing steroids, or doping. There is too much money to be made, and endorsements etc.-it's sad though it has come down to this in professional sports.

    benjamin.econ.hansen
    benjamin.econ.hansen

    Meanwhile Djokovic retires to sleep in his pressurized chamber......

     

    hmmmm........

    craig1
    craig1

     

     

    "Djokovic slams Lance Armstrong: ‘He should suffer for his lies’"

     

    Bravo, and very sensational and misleading title.

     

    Tennis can never get a truly talented fine writer and journalist it seems, no matter the years that pass.

    Do the exact quotes sound like he "slams" Armstrong or merely giving his opinion?

     

    It's certainly the latter as the term "slam" is purely injected to add a "sensationalist" aspect to the story. Oh, it's also an "oh so cleverly" injected Tennis term as well - I see - bravo.

     

     

    divnadagmo
    divnadagmo

    replace "gruelleing races" with 5setters and baseline rallies...

    benjamin.econ.hansen
    benjamin.econ.hansen

     @TimCDowney I've heard that many "injuries" are informal punishments for failing doping tests.   It is odd that none of the truly great players have ever failed a test.