The USADA (United States Anti-Doping Agency) has released a statement stating that they have officially given cyclist Lance Armstrong a lifetime ban from competitive cycling and has disqualified ALL of his victories from August 1, 1998 through current. The decision comes after Armstrong decided not to continue to fight the charges that were brought against him years ago in the involvement in the USPS Cycling Team Doping Conspiracy. Here is the official press release.
There have been several reports stating that the USDA has stripped him of his seven Tour De France wins, however, the Tour is an international event that is run by the Amaury Sport Organisation which is a French media group that hosts several cycling events all around the world.
So, does the USADA really have the authority to strip him of international wins or would that have to come from the ASO?
Labels: Amaury Sport Organisation, Lance Armstrong, USADA