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Lance faces doping charges

2012-06-30 07:46

New York - The US Anti-Doping Agency has unanimously recommended filing formal doping charges against US cycling champ Lance Armstrong, the agency said in a statement on Friday.

Armstrong, who has won seven Tour De France cycling titles, insists that he is innocent. The next step in the process is an arbitration hearing. Armstrong has said he will challenge the findings.

"USADA can confirm that the independent three person Anti-Doping Review Board (ADRB) has conducted a full evaluation and has made a unanimous recommendation to move forward with the adjudication process in accordance with the rules," agency Chief Executive Travis Tygart said in a statement.

The agency made some details of its case known in a letter to Armstrong, which was posted online by the Washington Post.

In the letter dated June 12, the agency said that it has Armstrong's blood samples from 2009 and 2010 that are "fully consistent" with doping. The agency also has at least 10 former teammates and colleagues of Armstrong that will testify that he used performance-enhancing drugs during races from 1999 to 2005, according to the letter.

"These charges are baseless, motivated by spite and advanced through testimony bought and paid for by promises of anonymity and immunity," Armstrong said in a statement earlier this month, when news of the agency's intentions first surfaced.

"USADA's malice, its methods, its star-chamber practices, and its decision to punish first and adjudicate later are all at odds with our ideals of fairness and fair play."

Accusations of doping have dogged Armstrong since he ascended to the top of the cycling world after overcoming cancer. In February, the U.S. Justice Department dropped an investigation centered on whether Armstrong and his teammates cheated the sponsor of their bike racing team with a secret doping program.

That decision meant he would not face criminal charges from the two-year-long probe.

Reuters

Comments
  • phillip.beukes.5 - 2012-06-30 08:15

    I am just wondering... if it can be proven that he did use drugs to inhance his performance, will he be forced to give back the kazillions he made from cycling, his books and all those sponcerships, not to talk about the money he made from all his 'lectures and ""what a boytjie"" speaches" he made all over the world. Hansie Cronje comes to mind... will he be banned from ever talking about cycling again. i am just wondering... and truely hope that it is not true, but then there are just so many signs that it could be possible.

  • Ben Nel - 2012-06-30 08:26

    Why does this always surface around the start of the Tour?

  • dawid.burger.1 - 2012-06-30 09:17

    it must be a racist plot against him

  • Alan Forbes - 2012-06-30 09:29

    So why is nobody putting this much pressure on athletics. I promise doping is far far worse there than in any other sport. In fact more cases of athletics bodies covering for their runners keep emerging, so in cycling it's a witch hunt but athletics the governing bodies cover up cheating.

  • Alan Forbes - 2012-06-30 09:32

    Question: do you really think the men's 100m is won or in fact run in under 10secs without using doping? Your answer to this will determine how delusional you are.

      andrew.bestbier - 2012-06-30 18:19

      Evidence Alan? Or do you just have a 'hunch'? Innocent until proven guilty.

      marius.roodt.33 - 2012-06-30 19:30

      seeing as I know a guy who does a 100 meters in 10.48 while working a three shift patern, thus not having enough time to train as well as a profesional athlete would? yes!

  • michael.moets - 2012-06-30 10:51

    They all do it. Its just who gets caught. Who has the latest stuff.

  • helen.logie.90 - 2012-06-30 12:05

    HOW CAN USADA EVEN CONTEMPLATE USING THE LIKES OF FLOYD LANDIS - A CHEAT THROUGH AND THROUGH AND WHO WAS PROVED TO BE A CHEAT - !! AS EVIDENCE AGAINST LANCE. HOW DO THESE PEOPLE SLEEP AT NIGHT - THEY MUST LEAVE LANCE TO LIVE THE REST OF HIS LIFE IN PEACE AND DO WHAT HE LOVES BEST - CYCLE, ENJOY HIS FAMILY AND HELP ALL AFFLICTED WITH THE SCOURGE OF CANCER FROM HELEN LOGIE IN CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

      Ken - 2012-06-30 12:44

      Helen why are you shouting?

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