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Lance Armstrong to speak at Dublin sports conference

The former cyclist will take part in a ‘no-holds-barred’ public interview in October.

Lance Armstrong will be speaking in Dublin this year.
Lance Armstrong will be speaking in Dublin this year.
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FORMER PROFESSIONAL CYCLIST Lance Armstrong is set to make his only European speaking engagement of 2016 when he takes part in a “no-holds-barred” public interview live in Dublin in October.

The 44-year-old will be taking part in the inaugural One Zero sports conference at the RDS on 21 October and co-founder Rob Hartnett of Sport For Business says the decision to invite the American is likely to provoke a mixed reaction.

“This is certainly the first time Lance will be back in Ireland since he opened up about the doping and that period of his life,” Hartnett told The42.

“The only thing he can’t talk about is his US Postal contract which is still before the courts but everything else in terms of what he did, how he reacted to what he was doing and the impact that it had on him, his sport and sport in general is up for discussion.

“We’ve not revealed who the interviewer is just yet and we’ve another couple of big names to add into the mix but he has a very compelling story to tell and we’re pleased to be able to bring him to Dublin and hear that.

We know that not everyone will like that but I think it’s better to hear the story first hand and make up your mind about him based on that rather than coming in with any preconceived idea of what he might be.”

Other leading figures from the world of sport, technology and business speaking on the day will include one-time Fifa presidential candidate Jaimie Fuller of Skins, and Twitter’s head of sport, Alex Trickett.

Tickets to hear Armstrong and the rest speak are available through Ticketmaster from today.

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