What do you know about that? Lance Armstrong finally admitted to doping as the world will see in an interview with Oprah Winfrey. However, the IOC already had made their decision based on their findings, and they told Armstrong to return his bronze late Wednesday night.
“The IOC opened a disciplinary case in November after a U.S. Anti-Doping Agency report detailed widespread doping by Armstrong and his teammates. The report called it the most sophisticated doping program in sports.
The IOC will not reallocate Armstrong's bronze medal, just as cycling's ruling body decided not to declare any winners for the Tour titles once held by the American. Spanish rider Abraham Olano Manzano, who finished fourth in Sydney, will not be upgraded and the bronze medal will be left vacant in Olympic records.”
Contador the Spaniard was “stripped of the 2010 Tour de France title after testing positive for clenbuterol.” (abc)
Is the IOC sad to give Armstrong's bronze to another winner? Why will the bronze be left vacant? It only seems fair to upgrade the next best time to bronze, right? Shouldn't the legal winner be found and awarded? OK, so this makes it a monotonous chore to keep going down the list but someone is the rightful winner.
Former Armstrong teammate Tyler Hamilton who won gold in the 2004 Olympics also admitted to doping, and his gold was given to Ekimov, the silver winner at the time. Hamilton's admission of guilt was part of his testimony against Armstrong.
Who will take up this cause? Only time will tell whether or not the rightful bronze winner will ever be awarded.
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