IOC not ready to move on Armstrong's Olympic medal

LAUSANNE, Switzerland Thu Dec 6, 2012 12:28am IST

An effigy of U.S. cyclist Lance Armstrong burns during Bonfire Night celebrations in Edenbridge, south east England November 3, 2012. REUTERS/Toby Melville

An effigy of U.S. cyclist Lance Armstrong burns during Bonfire Night celebrations in Edenbridge, south east England November 3, 2012.

Credit: Reuters/Toby Melville

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) - Lance Armstrong will hold on to his 2000 Sydney Olympic bronze medal a little longer after the International Olympic Committee said it would wait for the international cycling union to inform him before moving to strip him of it.

The 41-year-old had his seven Tour de France victories nullified and was banned from cycling for life in October after the International Cycling Union (UCI) ratified the United States Anti-Doping Agency's (USADA) sanctions against him.

USADA published a report that said the now-retired rider had been involved in the "most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen."

The IOC decided after its Executive Board meeting it would wait for the UCI to inform the athlete and give him the right to appeal.

"The IOC today will not move because we need to have the situation whereby the UCI notifies officially Mr Armstrong of the fact that he will be disqualified and declared ineligible and that he should hand over his medal," IOC President Jacques Rogge told reporters.

"When he will be notified Mr Armstrong will have 21 days to launch an appeal. It is only after that period that the IOC can legally take action."

Armstrong, who won the medal in the individual time trial, has repeatedly denied doping and never tested positive for drugs.

His accusers, however, said Armstrong - one of the world's most famous athletes who also is well known for his cancer-fighting charity work - was not only a willing participant, but the ringleader, ordering team mates to cheat.

In addition to financial payments, emails and laboratory test results that the agency said proved the use of performance- enhancing drugs by Armstrong and the U.S. Postal Service team, 26 people gave sworn testimony, including 11 former team mates.

(Editing by Ed Osmond)

Comments (0)
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.

  • Most Popular
  • Most Shared

REUTERS SHOWCASE

Wuhan Open

Wuhan Open

Ill Williams follows seeds out of Wuhan Open.  Full Article 

Light Speech

Light Speech

No hair-dryer treatment as 'fun-Fergie' addresses Ryder Cup team.  Full Article 

Not Fit Enough

Not Fit Enough

Four fall foul of Pakistan's new fitness crackdown.  Full Article 

Confident Westwood

Confident Westwood

European team as strong as it's ever been, says Westwood  Full Article 

Money Matters

Money Matters

United need massive investment on new players, says Neville.  Full Article 

Misfired Stroke

Misfired Stroke

Murray disappointed over Scottish independence Twitter row   Full Article 

Reuters India Mobile

Reuters India Mobile

Get the latest news on the go. Visit Reuters India on your mobile device.  Full Coverage