ADELAIDE, Australia - The government of South Australia state said Tuesday it will seek damages or compensation from Lance Armstrong after his reported confession to Oprah Winfrey that he doped during his career.
Roger Federer, meanwhile, wants to hear the confession for himself.
South Australia Premier Jay Weatherill said the state would seek the repayment of several million dollars in appearance fees paid to Armstrong for competing in the Tour Down Under cycle race in 2009, 2010 and 2011.
Weatherill said reports that Armstrong has admitted doping during a recorded interview with Winfrey, due to be broadcast in the United States on Thursday, changed the government's view on its entitlement to compensation.
He said Armstrong has deceived the cycling community around the world by repeatedly denying he used performance-enhancing drugs during a career in which he won the Tour de France seven times.
We'd be more than happy for Mr. Armstrong to make any repayment of monies to us, Weatherill said.