New Delhi: After the disgraced American cyclist Lance Armstrong’s sensational doping confession shocked the world of sports, the world no. 1 in Tennis Novak Djokovic delivered a scathing verdict on Friday. The Serbian said that Armstrong was a disgrace to cycling and “should suffer for his lies.”
Lance Armstrong’s televised interview with Oprah Winfrey was aired on Thursday. After months of denial, the American confessed that he had cheated his way to a record seven Tour de France titles.
“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. It’s just not the way to be successful. So I think he should suffer for his lies all these years,” Djokovic said.
He also said, “I lost faith in cycling. I used to watch it. There has been so much controversy about that sport.” While comparing the situation in Tennis, he expressed his happiness for tennis officials to increase the number of blood tests, which are able to detect a wider range of banned substances.
Djokovic revealed that he has been blood tested about six or seven months ago. He also said that the practice was more regular two to three years ago.
"I don't know the reason why they stopped it. From my point, I mean, I was more than clear. I have nothing against the blood tests ... even though I prefer urine more. I don't like the needles too much. "But of course the money in that direction should be invested because it's always, let's say, a safeguard for our sport that they're investing money in our sport that is going to protect our sport and players." Djokovic added he felt that tennis was one of the cleanest sports in the world but he would have no problem being tested more.
Djokovic said that he has nothing against the anti-doping federation for testing him 10, 20, 30 times a year. "I think as long as I know as many numbers of testing for the other players, I'll be happy. So as long as we keep it that way, I have no complaints about testing," he added.
(With Agency inputs)