According to the New York Post on Jan. 17, the International Olympic Committee has stripped cyclist Lance Armstrong of his bronze medal from the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia because of his involvement in doping.
A letter was sent to Lance Armstrong on Jan. 16 requesting return of the medal. This is apparently standard procedure if you do not appeal your disqualification, which Armstrong did not.
The IOC executive board wanted to wait until cycling body UCI formally stripped Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles and all event results since 1998. He had 21 days to appeal and did not, so the IOC took action.
The IOC confirmed this action to the Associated Press, interestingly, on the same day that Lance Armstrong was to admit doping in an interview with Oprah Winfrey. The timing was a coincidence and not related to the TV interview.
Armstrong’s medal, as well as his Tour de France titles, will not be reallocated, meaning that the next place finisher will not be upgraded to the award. This particular bronze medal will be left vacant in Olympic records.
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