14 Nov 2013

WADA says Armstrong's life ban fair

6:42 am on 14 November 2013

The World Anti-Doping Agency says disgraced Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong would need something close to a miracle to get his lifetime ban from cycling re-examined.

WADA president John Fahey says only the United States Anti Doping Agency can change Armstrong's punishment, and he says it'd need a "damn good reason" for doing so.

Armstrong, who was stripped of his record seven Tour titles last year, said on Monday he would testify with "100 percent transparency and honesty" at an independent inquiry into doping as long as he was treated fairly.

Fahey says he believes the issue is "done and dusted", and that Armstrong has been fairly punished.