Lance Armstrong, the disgraced American cyclist at the centre of the biggest doping scandal in the sport's history, may admit he used performance-enhancing drugs during his career, the New York Times reported in Saturday's editions, citing "several people with direct knowledge of the situation."
The newspaper said Armstrong, 41, has told associates and anti-doping officials he may make the admission in hopes of persuading anti-doping officials to allow him to resume competition in athletic events that adhere to the World Anti-Doping Code, under which Armstrong is currently subject to a lifetime ban.
Such an admission would be a stunning reversal for Armstrong, who has vehemently denied doping for years.
Asked if an admission was coming from Armstrong, Tim Herman, the cyclist's long-time lawyer, told the Times, "Lance has to speak for himself on that."
The newspaper, citing "one person briefed on the situation," said Armstrong has been in discussions with the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) and met with Travis Tygart, the agency's chief executive.