Lance Armstrong: Stripped of Seven Tour de France Titles in Doping Scandal
He’s been trying to beat charges levied against him by the US Anti-Doping Agency for some time, and finally Lance Armstrong has given in and all but admitted that he’s guilty of illegal performance-enhancing violations.
The worldwide cycling hero released a statement late last night in which he declared, “I will no longer address this issue, regardless of the circumstances. We have a lot of work to do and I’m looking forward to an end to this pointless distraction. I have a responsibility to all those who have stepped forward to devote their time and energy to the cancer cause.”
Armstrong’s round-about “no contest” admission means that he’ll be stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned from competing in sports that are regulated by the World Anti-Doping Agency.
Livestrong board member Jeffrey C Garvey told press, "Faced with a biased process whose outcome seems predetermined, Lance chose to put his family and his foundation first and we support his decision.”
Armstrong’s attorney Tim Herman also warned that any negative press about his client would be dealt with harshly. "You are on notice that if USADA makes any public statement claiming, without jurisdiction, to sanction Mr. Armstrong, or to falsely characterize Mr. Armstrong's reasons for not requesting an arbitration as anything other than a recognition of (International Cycling Union) jurisdiction and authority, USADA and anyone involved in the making of the statement will be liable."
Still, USASA CEO Travis Tygart said he’s troubled by the whole ordeal. "It is a sad day for all of us who love sport and our athletic heroes. This is a heartbreaking example of how the win-at-all-costs culture of sport, if left unchecked, will overtake fair, safe and honest competition. But for clean athletes, it is a reassuring reminder that there is hope for future generations to compete on a level playing field without the use of performance-enhancing drugs."
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