Novak Djokovic labels Lance Armstrong 'a disgrace'

by Melissa Woods, AAP, Yahoo!7 January 18, 2013, 7:02 pm

World No.1 Novak Djokovic is confident tennis is safeguarded from the doping that has rocked cycling by the testing measures the sport has in place.

Djokovic slammed disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong, who confessed to doping throughout much of his professional career in a television interview with Oprah Winfrey.

He said he cheated in each of his seven Tour de France victories.

"I think it's a disgrace for the sport to have an athlete like this," Djokovic said after his third round win over Czech veteran Radek Stepanek.

"He cheated the sport.

"He cheated many people around the world with his career, with his life story.

"I think he should suffer for his lies all his years."

Djokovic said he used to enjoy watching cycling but felt that many of the great champions were tainted by the doping.Former Belgian tennis pro Christophe Rochus made claims in 2010 that drug-taking in tennis was rife and he recently told Belgian radio that performance-enhancing drugs were still used.The former world No.38 accused the sport's authorities of covering up chemical cheating.Djokovic said results had shown the sport was clean and he believed drug-testing in tennis were rigorous enough.He welcomed more blood testing if that helped prove the sport was clean."From my perspective, it's really good," the Serb said."We have to write where we are every day of our lives so they have an opportunity to test us every day of 365 days in a year."I think that doesn't give anybody a chance to do something that is unsportsmanlike."The results are showing that."In last few years there maybe has been one or two cases, but those players were more or less outside of the hundred (at the top of the rankings)."

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  1. Rudolph07:20pm Tuesday 22nd January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    AND she wasn't taking drug's ONLY TAKING A FLAG.

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  2. Rudolph07:18pm Tuesday 22nd January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Olympic Flag. Yes, their Valuable those Flag's .10years for taking one.

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  3. Rudolph07:14pm Tuesday 22nd January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Lance think the Bloody hell your not Australian Sport person.Our Dawn Fraser got 10Years for mucking around and pinching a Olympic #$%$

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  4. ngole06:29pm Tuesday 22nd January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    What kind of lesson is lance giving to all those children who have always looked up to him and dreamt of becomming "lance Amstrong". What a shame for the sports and entertainment.Now any sports man who excels will always be suspected like Novak himself.Its not fair!!

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  5. Jim03:48pm Tuesday 22nd January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Remember, there are a bunch of people who are equally responsible for the fraud we now know concerning Lance Armstrong. He didn't do this doping alone. He had a lot of help and conspirators. They are equally responsible.

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  6. Adel02:43pm Tuesday 22nd January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Aint Karma a #$%$

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  7. ET12:17pm Tuesday 22nd January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    I have a lot of names for Lance, but I won't call him fat.

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  8. Jack10:51am Tuesday 22nd January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    I guess Novak Djokovic forgot about Andre Agassi. Agassi was using methaphetamines.

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  9. yo09:23am Sunday 20th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    As a fellow human being, I am compelled to forgive you, Lance. But you did the crime and you must pay the fine. In denying for all these years and the manner in which you so vehemently tried to cover up: banned for life and complete financial restitution to all appropriate parties is more than fair to you . . .

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  10. SC08:23am Saturday 19th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    The thing with lance is, that he financially ruined many lives, of those people who dared accuse him of using drugs, he sued them and ruined them, what a scum bucket

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