World Anti-Doping Agency chairman Richard Pound was at an anti-doping conference in Athens this week, where he quipped to reporters that he has no regrets about his comments, which earned him criticism from the International Olympic Committee this week.
According to the AFP, Pound didn't take too much stock in the reprimand, and said that the IOC is trying "to influence how WADA acts, how its president acts, and I said, 'I'm sorry but you don't have that jurisdiction.'"
Long outspoken and harshly critical of even the most famous of athletes, Pound was unabashed in his comments about Lance Armstrong after Armstrong's urine allegedly tested positive for traces of EPO. A letter sent to the IOC was the source of Pound's censure, but he says that he's "very happy to be known by the enemies I make," he said, "You're dealing in most cases with organised cheating and hypocrisy beyond belief. You've got to challenge them, you've got to be right in their face," he added.
Pound's term as WADA chairman expires in November, but according to Pound, his apparent successor, French sports minister Jean-Francois Lamour, will be even tougher. "The guy who's presumably going to replace me, Lamour, he's a two-time Olympic champion, he's been there...he doesn't like what's going on, and he's way ahead of me, suggesting that the penalty [minimum, for any doping offense -ed.] should be four years," Pound said.