Released from Velo News on January 17, 2013, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) asked disgraced American cyclist Lance Armstrong to return the Olympic bronze medal from the time trial event at the 2000 Games in Sydney to the U.S. Olympic Committee. The IOC wrote to Armstrong late Wednesday to ask him to hand back the medal, IOC spokesman Mark Adams told AFP.
The IOC had to wait for the ICU to sanction Armstrong, which it did on December 6, and the following three weeks in which the Texan had recourse to appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned from the sport for life in October after the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) produced evidence of widespread doping by him and his former teammates.
The time trial in the 2000 Games was won by Armstrong’s ex-US Postal Service teammate Viasheslav Ekimov of Russia, now general manager of the Katusha team.
In his first interview since Armstrong was stripped of his Tour titles with Oprah Winfrey on January 17, 2013, he admitted to some extent to using performance enhancing drugs to obtain all seven of his Tour de France titles.
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