Lance Armstrong report: IOC looks into revoking his Olympic medal
The International Olympic Committee announced on Thursday that it is looking into the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency’s case against Lance Armstrong to see if it should strip Armstrong of his Olympic medal.
Armstrong won the bronze medal in the time trial at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
IOC spokeswoman Emmanuelle Moreau told the Associated Press that it is “premature” to say whether the IOC is considering measures but “should we come across any evidence that would justify opening a disciplinary procedure, we would of course act accordingly.”
USADA issued a 200-page report Wednesday explaining its reasons for stripping Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles. The report accused Armstrong of being at the center of a sophisticated doping scheme.
The total evidence against Armstrong, USADA Chief Executive Travis Tygart said Wednesday, is in excess of 1,000 pages and features sworn testimony from 26 individuals, “including 15 riders with knowledge of the USPS team and its participants’ doping activities.”
Tygart praised the “courage” of 11 Armstrong teammates who came forward: Frankie Andreu, Michael Barry, Tom Danielson, Tyler Hamilton, George Hincapie, Floyd Landis, Levi Leipheimer, Stephen Swart, Christian Vande Velde, Jonathan Vaughters and David Zabriskie.
According to the statement, USADA gathered information that “includes direct documentary evidence including financial payments, emails, scientific data and laboratory test results that further prove the use, possession and distribution of performance-enhancing drugs by Lance Armstrong and confirm the disappointing truth about the deceptive activities of the USPS team, a team that received tens of millions of American taxpayer dollars in funding.”
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