LAUSANNE, Dec 28, 2012 (AFP) – Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong missed the
deadline to lodge an appeal over being stripped of his seven Tour de France
titles for systematic doping, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS)
Armstrong has been wiped from the record books with all of his achivements
since August 1998 binned by the International Cycling Union (UCI) after he was
accused of being at the heart of sports’ biggest ever doping scandal.
The UCI notified the Texan on December 6 that he had until December 27 to
appeal his lifetime ban.
Armstrong, who has always denied doping, had already announced in August
that he was dropping his legal challenge against the allegations made against
him by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).
The International Olympic Committee (IOC), who had been waiting on the
result of any appeal, could now demand that Armstrong returns the time-trial
bronze medal he won at the Sydney Olympics in 2000.