IOC strips Armstrong of medal

2013-01-17 14:45

London - The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Thursday asked disgraced American cyclist Lance Armstrong to return the Olympic bronze medal from the time-trial event at the 2000 Games in Sydney.

The IOC had written to Armstrong late on Wednesday to ask him hand back the medal, IOC spokesperson Mark Adams told AFP.

The IOC had to wait for world cycling's governing body to sanction Armstrong, which it did on December 6, and the following three weeks in which the Texan had recourse to appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

The US Olympic Committee, to which Armstrong must theoretically return the medal, has also been informed, Adams added.

Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned from the sport for life in October after the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) produced evidence of widespread doping by him and his former team-mates.

The time-trial in the 2000 Games was won by Armstrong's ex-US Postal Service team-mate Viasheslav Ekimov of Russia, now general manager of the Katusha team whose ambivalent stance on doping cost them a place in the elite ProTeam list for this season.

The silver medal went to one of Armstrong's great rivals, Jan Ullrich of Germany, who was caught up in the Operation Puerto doping probe and eventually served a two-year ban for doping.

Abraham Olano of Spain came home in fourth and may be set to inherit the bronze vacated by Armstrong.

Other notable results in the race held in Sydney were by American Tyler Hamilton, a former team-mate of Armstrong at US Postal who finished tenth and went on to win gold at the 2004 Athens Games before testing positive for doping.

British rider David Millar finished 16th and is still currently on the circuit after serving his own two-year ban from 2004.

The International Cycling Union (UCI) late last year effectively erased Armstrong from the cycling history books when it decided not to appeal sanctions imposed on the Texan rider by the USADA.

In his first interview since Armstrong was shorn of his Tour titles, recorded Monday with Oprah Winfrey and due to be broadcast on Thursday and Friday, the chat show host confirmed that the Texan admitted using performance-enhancing drugs.


  • sebastian.c.salomon - 2013-01-17 14:59

    its a long way back down to the bottom

  • pierre.flyadvertising - 2013-01-17 15:14

    Now I want ask all you idiotic supporters of this cheat a question:were all those Olympic athletes on steriods as well?

      johan.blertsie.cilliers - 2013-01-17 16:00

      You mean the two that beat him? Yes they were, to quote Jan Ullrich, "you can't ride in the peleton without doping" - 2013-01-17 17:15

      Hehe lekker weggehardloop voor die poppo die fan gestrike het bang gat Duitser.

  • vanessa.luckhoff - 2013-01-17 15:27

    Enough is enough...Really!He has proven what a dope he really is...

  • lybon1 - 2013-01-17 15:40

    Now the party boy lance is gonna have to face the music......ITS GONNA BE A BUMPY RIDE!!!!

  • arno.botha.71 - 2013-01-17 16:04

    They should make performance enhancing drugs mandatory in all sporting events... Problem solved!

  • burger. - 2013-01-17 16:12

    News in Australia say differently to news24

  • - 2013-01-17 16:28

    Investigate Tyson. Where did the nickname 'Iron' come from? - 2013-01-17 17:14

      Want sy linker appel voel soos 'n yster as hy connect met jou gesig!

  • sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2013-01-17 17:08

    This is crazy because what if this kid sold his medals for the straws!!

  • neilza - 2013-01-17 17:11

    people are reacting like lance armstrong is the first person to ever dope in sport. check this link. he was just clever enough to cover it up for such a long time.

  • Sibusiso - 2013-01-17 17:34

    Unlike Muhammed Ali ,history will never prove him right and get his medal back.

  • gift.rode - 2013-01-17 18:51

    The interview with oprah will be shown on TLC @ 19h30 tonight - 2013-01-17 20:57

      2morrow 9te.

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