IOC To Consider Armstrong Bronze Medal

Lance Armstrong at 2008 InterBike Press Conference

LAUSANNE, Oct 12, 2012 – The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on
Friday stated that they would be looking into the US Anti-Doping Agency’s report
into cyclist Lance Armstrong before deciding whether to strip him of his
Olympic bronze medal.

“The IOC is aware of the USADA report and is currently studying it with all
the corresponding documentation,” a spokesman for the Lausanne,
Switzerland-based body said.

“It would be premature at this stage to say if the IOC envisages taking any
steps. If we find proof that justifies the opening of disciplinary procedures,
we will of course act as a result.”

Armstrong, who risks being officially stripped of all his seven Tour de
France wins, won bronze in the individual time trial in Sydney behind gold
medallist Vyacheslav Ekimov of Russia and Germany’s Jan Ullrich who took
silver.

The Texan was on Wednesday placed at the heart of what the USADA said was
the biggest doping programme in sports history, as it published a 202-page
document to back up its previous decision in August to ban him for life.

The world anti-doping code has a maximum eight-year delay to put forward
evidence of drug misuse but the USADA has exceeded that given the extent of
the programme used by Armstrong and his entourage.

Tyler Hamilton, one of the 11 former team-mates who testified against
Armstrong, handed back the time-trial gold medal that he won at the 2004
Athens Olympics in early 2011, after he confessed to doping.

The IOC corrected the podium before the time limit expired, handing the
gold to Ekimov.

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