Lance Armstrong’s nemesis gives public talk

Newspapers worldwide reported in January the cheating confession by cyclist Lance Armstrong on the US Oprah Winfrey show

Newspapers worldwide reported in January the cheating confession by cyclist Lance Armstrong on the US Oprah Winfrey show

A free public lecture by the journalist credited with revealing the drug-taking by cyclist Lance Armstrong is being hosted by the University of Portsmouth next week.

Hundreds have already booked to attend but there are still some places left.

Chief sports writer for The Sunday Times, David Walsh, doggedly pursued the truth about record seven times winner of the Tour de France for more than a decade.

His hunch that something about Armstrong was not as it seemed was eventually vindicated by the US Anti-Doping Agency investigation which revealed last October that the cyclist had used performance enhancing drugs and had bullied others to cheat with him.

The cyclist called the journalist a ‘scumbag;’ and a ‘troll’ and successfully sued The Sunday Times for £300,000 for libel. The newspaper is now attempting to recover the money and the £600,000 legal costs incurred.

The truth about the cyclist’s systematic doping was revealed in a report by the US Anti-Doping Agency last year and Armstrong was stripped of his titles. He was also banned from competitive cycling for life. Armstrong finally admitted using drugs three months later on the Oprah Winfrey show, watched by more than four million viewers in the US and many millions more worldwide.

David Walsh is a three times winner of UK Sports Writer of the Year and, last December, was named Journalist of the Year at the British Journalism Awards. He has written four books about doping in cycling, Armstrong and his relentless pursuit of the truth.

He will speak about the importance of journalists continuing to ask questions and not run away from a story as part of the University’s public lecture programme which offers free lectures on a range of subjects throughout the year.

He will also discuss Britain’s libel laws, which allowed Armstrong to sue The Sunday Times.

Tickets for the event, at the Guildhall, on Tuesday, March 5, are free but must be booked in advance from Eventbrite http://davidwalsh.eventbrite.co.uk

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