Lance Armstrong is officially done – in terms of titles. This is because he has just been stripped of the bronze medal he won back in the 2000 Sydney Olympic games, the only medal he won in the Olympics during his cycling career.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) issued a statement to the effect today, saying:
Following the recent decisions of USADA (US Anti-Doping Agency) and the UCI (Universal Cycling Union) regarding the competitive cycling results of Lance Armstrong, the IOC has disqualified Armstrong from the events in which he competed at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.
Namely, the men’s individual road race, where he finished 13th, and the men’s individual time trial, where he finished 3rd and was awarded with a bronze medal and a certificate.
The decision was taken in principle at the IOC Executive Board meeting in December, but its implementation required the expiration of the appeal deadline.
An official of the IOC told Reuters that they have written asking for the medal to be returned immediately. We also heard that the bronze medal will remain vacant, that is, it will not be awarded to Spaniard Abraham Olano Manzano, who came 4th in the time trial race.
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