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Sun Apr 20 10:52:19 SAST 2014

Armstrong's Olympic medal will not be reattributed

Sapa-AFP | 13 February, 2013 17:060 Comments
FILE -  International Olympic Committee Strips Lance Armstrong of Bronze Medal
Lance Armstrong has been stripped of the bronze medal he won at the 2000 Sydney Olympics due to his involvement in doping
Image by: Mike Powell / Getty Images

The International Olympic Committee said on Wednesday that it would not reattribute the 2000 cycling bronze medal stripped from Lance Armstrong because of doping.

“It (the medal) will not be reattributed,” IOC vice-president Thomas Bach told AFP on the sidelines of a meeting of the organisation’s executive commission in Lausanne, Switzerland.

The IOC last month asked the disgraced cycling icon to hand back the Olympic time-trial bronze medal he won at the Sydney games in 2000 after he was stripped of his career record back to August 1998 for taking performance-enhancing drugs.

Armstrong was first accused of taking performance-enhancing drugs in a damning US Anti-Doping Agency dossier last October and said to have been at the centre of the most sophisticated doping programme in the history of sport.

He admitted in a television interview with chat show host Oprah Winfrey last month that he used a cocktail of drugs to win cycling’s greatest race, the Tour de France, a record seven times between 1999 and 2005.

Organisers of the race have previously said that they will not reattribute the winner in those races.

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