POSTED: January 17th 2013

IOC recalls 2000 Olympic bronze medal from Lance Armstrong

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

January 17 - The Associated Press broke the story that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has written cycler Lance Armstrong calling back the bronze medal that he won at the Sydney 2000 Olympics for doping.

Two officials with the inside information spoke to AP on the condition of anonymity as the recalling of the medal hadn't been officially announced as yet.

The IOC was waiting on deadlines to pass as the UCI, the governing federation of cycling, had notified Armstrong that he had been stripped of his 7 Tour de France titles as well as all his results dating back to 1998.

Armstrong had 21 days to appeal this decision and now that the deadline has expired the IOC has taken action to repeal the medal.

IOC head of communications, Mark Adams, told AP, "Having had confirmation from UCI that Armstrong has not appealed the decision to disqualify him from Sydney, we have written to him to ask for the return of the bronze medal.

"We have also written to USOC to inform them of the decision."

Today an exclusive interview that USA TV talk show host Oprah Winfrey carried out with Armstrong is set to run on her television channel. The cycler agreed to speak frankly with Winfrey about his career and the doping allegations.

In November the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) published an extensive report detailing "overwhelming evidence" against Armstrong as well as his teammates.

The IOC then moved to open their own disciplinary case resulting in the recalling of the medal.

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Keywords · Lance Armstrong · Oprah Winfrey · IOC · doping · USADA · UCI

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