Lance Armstrong

Lance Armstrong

January 28, 2013

U.S. cyclist Lance Armstrong’s admission to doping is just the tip of the iceberg, since high-stakes commercial interests pressure almost every professional cyclist into the illegal practice, said a Vatican official.

“It’s a world that is rotten, all of cycling, even soccer,” said Msgr. Melchor Sanchez de Toca Alameda, head of the Pontifical Council for Culture’s Culture and Sport section.

Pro-sports “have become a commodity that are subordinate to the free market and, therefore, to profit,” he told Catholic News Service Jan. 16.

His comments came after Armstrong appeared on TV to admit he had used performance-enhancing drugs throughout his career.