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Oprah interview of Lance Armstrong to be broadcast live on the internet

Lance Armstrong has agreed to a tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey where he will address drug allegations

Lance Armstrong has agreed to a tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey where he will address allegations that he used performance-enhancing drugs during his cycling career.

It will be the first interview with Armstrong since his athletic career crumbled under the weight of a massive report by US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) detailing allegations of drug use by the famous cyclist and his teammates.

It's unclear if the interview at Armstrong's home in Austin, Texas, has already been taped. The show will be broadcast in the US next Thursday on Winfrey's OWN network. For international viewers, the episode will also be broadcast live on Oprah.com.

Armstrong has denied the charges that led to him being stripped of his seven Tour de France titles, but The New York Times reported on Friday that he has told associates he is considering a confession.

On Tuesday, Travis Tygart, the head of USADA, told the programme 60 Minutes Sports that a representative for Armstrong offered the agency a "donation" in excess of US$150,000 (Dh551,000)in 2004, years before an investigation by the organisation led to the loss of his Tour de France titles. - AP