BEIJING, Jan. 19 (Xinhua) -- More than 20 percent people believe
that disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong remains a respectable figure
following his confession to doping, a poll showed on Saturday.
In a poll by Chinese portal Sina.com to solicit opinions on
Armstrong's admission to doping after years of vehement denial,
21.5 percent of nearly 10,000 respondents regard the 41-year-old
American as "respectable because he is willing to correct his
About 24 percent of people "feel sorry for him" while 17 percent
are with "mixed feelings" toward the cancer survivor whose charity
has raised almost 500 million U.S. dollars to help the cancer
But the number of people who think "the doping scandal will
forever stain his reputation" accounted for the highest percentage,
at 37 percent.
"A fighter against cancer, a charity worker, a glorious world
champion and at the same time, a big liar using banned drugs. It is
all about human nature," commented a net user Red Devil under the
piece of news about Armstrong's confession.
Armstrong in the interview with Oprah Winfrey on Thursday
admitted to what the sporting world had suspected for years -- that
the Texan had cheated his way to a record seven Tour de France
He confessed that he started doping in the mid-1990s, using the
blood booster EPO, testosterone, cortisone and human growth
hormone, as well as blood transfusions. Enditem