Cycling

USADA finalising Lance report

2012-09-26 20:59
Lance Armstrong (AFP)

London -  A much-awaited report on Lance Armstrong's lifetime ban should be sent to cycling's world governing body no later than October 15, a spokesperson for the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) said on Wednesday.

"USADA is in the process of finalising the written reasoned decision in its US Postal Services pro cycling doping case," Annie Skinner said in an e-mail to Reuters.

"We will provide the reasoned decision addressing the lifetime bans and disqualifications imposed to the UCI and WADA as provided for under the world rules. We expect it to be sent no later than October 15."

Armstrong was stripped of his record seven Tour de France wins last month and handed a lifetime ban by USADA after indicating that he would not challenge charges that he had doped throughout his career. He has always denied doping.

USADA CEO Travis Tygart said earlier this week he expected to send the report by the end of September. No reason was given for the delay.

The International Cycling Union (UCI) is awaiting the report before confirming Armstrong's ban.

"Unless the USADA's decision and case file give serious reasons to do otherwise, the UCI has no intention to appeal to CAS (Court of Arbitration for Sport) or not to recognise the USADA's sanctions on Lance Armstrong," UCI president Pat McQuaid told Reuters in a September interview.

McQuaid said he also wanted to look into the riders who allegedly have testified against Armstrong in exchange for a reduced sentence on past doping offences.

"The UCI assumes that the decision and file will also detail the sanction the USADA may wish to enforce upon the riders who have provided testimony in exchange for reduced sanctions," he said.

One of the sporting world's most polarising figures, Armstrong remains a hero to millions of cancer survivors for beating the disease and coming back to win the Tour de France seven times. To others, he is a drug cheat and fraud.

World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) chief John Fahey has said Armstrong's decision not to contest the allegations added up to nothing more than an admission of guilt.

"He had the right to rip up those charges, but he elected not to. Therefore the only interpretation in these circumstances is that there was substance in those charges," Fahey said.

Several former team-mates including Floyd Landis and Tyler Hamilton, both admitted dopers, also have accused Armstrong of using performance-enhancing drugs.

Landis was stripped of his 2006 Tour de France title for using steroids and Hamilton, whose recent book alleged Armstrong and his US Postal team-mates used sophisticated techniques to avoid testing positive for the banned drugs they used, this summer lost his 2004 Olympic gold medal.

Despite the ban, Armstrong has continued to ride and run in non sanctioned races and, during a recent Montreal speech to a cancer conference, referred to himself as a seven times Tour de France winner.

Read more on:    usada  |  lance armstrong  |  cycling
NEXT ON SPORT24X

NY Yankees honour Mandela

2014-04-17 09:00

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

 
 
Featured Blog

The stock of Bulls and Sharks 2014 Super Rugby jerseys are slowly becoming available after the festive season break, writes blogger Baylion.

Latest blogs
Vote

Besides the 'Big 3' of rugby, cricket and soccer, which of the 'smaller' sports in South Africa do you enjoy the most?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

TV schedule Plan your couch time with our searchable sport TV guide

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.