Lance Armstrong agreed to be interviewed by Oprah Winfrey in his first media appearance since being stripped of his record seven Tour de France cycling titles and being banned from Olympic sports for life for doping.
The 90-minute episode of “Oprah’s Next chapter” will air Jan. 17 at 9 p.m. Eastern time, the Oprah Winfrey Network said in a statement on its website last night. The interview will be available simultaneously on Oprah.com.
The 41-year-old Armstrong may confess to the use of performance-enhancing drugs in an effort to reduce his lifetime ban from events sanctioned by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, which has said the Texan’s career was “fueled from start to finish by doping,” the New York Times reported Jan. 5.
Armstrong has repeatedly denied using such drugs and blood infusions to further his cycling career.
Mark Fabiani, a spokesman for Armstrong, didn’t immediately respond to an e-mail seeking comment about the Winfrey interview.
In another program set to air on Showtime at 10 p.m. Eastern time tonight, USADA Chief Executive Officer Travis Tygart will say he rejected the offer of a $250,000 donation by Armstrong to the anti-doping body in 2004.
“I was stunned,” Tygart told interviewer Scott Pelley for the first edition of “60 Minutes Sports.” “It was a clear conflict of interest for USADA.”