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Armstrong’s bronze medal under scrutiny

Cycling

Berlin - The International Olympic Committee will launch an investigation into Lance Armstrong's 2000 Olympics bronze medal after the American was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles in the biggest doping scandal to hit the sport.

“The IOC will now immediately start the process concerning the involvement of Lance Armstrong, other riders and particularly their entourages with respect to the Olympic Games and their future involvement with the Games,” an IOC official told Reuters on Thursday.

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FILE - 23 AUGUST 2012: After dropping his lawsuit against doping charges brought on by the US Anti-Doping Agency, the agency (USADA) announced on August 23, 2012 to strip Lance Armstrong of 7 Tour de France titles and ban the cyclist for life. RODEZ, FRANCE - JULY 17: Lance Armstrong of the USA and Team Radioshack signs on at the start of stage thirteen of the 2010 Tour de France from Rodez to Revel on July 17, 2010 in Revel, France. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

Armstrong, who won a time trail medal at the Sydney Games, was stripped of his 1999-2005 Tour victories last month when the International Cycling Union (UCI) ratified a U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) decision to erase his results from Aug. 1998.

A USADA report that included testimonies from several former team mates against him and themselves, called it the “most sophisticated, professionalised and successful doping program that sport has ever seen”.

Armstrong, who overcame cancer to dominate the sport, has always denied doping and maintains he never failed a drugs test.– Reuters

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