Published: 19th January 2021
#ThrowBackToday: When cyclist Lance Armstrong admitted to doping his way to Tour de France wins
In today's #TBT, we talk about that iconic interview of Lance Armstrong with Oprah Winfrey when he admitted to doping and broke all our hearts. Also do you know about the first complaint the UN heard?
Winners are special. They prove, with their own grit and determination, that hard work pays. One such winner was American professional road racing cyclist Lance Armstrong, the winner of seven consecutive Tour de France, a prestigious cycling race for men. Notice how we used the word 'was' a winner instead of 'is'? That's because on January 18, 2013, the now 49-years-old sportsman admitted that he doped his way to victory on what is now an iconic interview with American talk show host Oprah Winfrey. When Oprah asked the disgraced cyclist if he had cheated, he said, "I went and looked up the definition of cheat. And the definition is to gain an advantage on a rival or foe. I didn't view it that way. I viewed it as a level playing field." Let that sink in.
To no one's surprise, Armstrong was stripped of his tour titles and had to leave the charity he had founded for cancer, Livestrong. But the most severe punishment of all was a lifetime ban.
The very first complaint heard by the United Nations Security Council was lodged on January 19, 1946 by Iran against the Soviet Union. The complaint which was about the interference of the Soviet in Iran's internal matters and refusing to move its troops from Iran was solved without the intervention of the UN.