USADA chief Tygart reveals receiving death threats during Armstrong doping inquiry

Last Updated: Tue, Sep 25, 2012 11:01 hrs

The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) CEO Travis Tygart has revealed he received three death threats in connection with the Lance Armstrong doping investigation, and added that the threats are being looked into by the Federal Bureau Investigation (FBI).

"In America the public opinion is torn in two. Some don't like me, others respect that I have no other choice than follow the procedures in Armstrong's case, just like for any other citizen," the New York Daily News quoted Tygart, as saying to a French sports magazine.

"I accept being accused, mistreated. That's me, the public face of USADA. Am I a target? I won't shirk my responsibility. The most important thing is to protect my team. And to maintain the respect of the athletes who don't cheat," he added.

Tygart said the agency first began receiving threats during the BALCO investigation.

"The BALCO case changed everything; we received death threats for the first time. Two for Terry Madden, my predecessor. One for me and my family later when the (Floyd) Landis confessions first came out," Tygart said.

The threats based on the Armstrong investigation came recently, and Tygart said: "That resulted in three death threats, all made by individuals, I think. Once again, the FBI is involved."

USADA's probe of the seven-time Tour de France winner and his teams, including the director of the U.S. Postal Service team, will become public in the upcoming weeks and the results are expected to be much more damning than what has emerged publicly so far. (ANI)

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