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SBD Global/October 17, 2012/Olympics

IOC Ponders Armstrong 2000 Olympic Games Medal Options

IOC VP Thomas Bach said that Lance Armstrong should "come clean with a full doping confession" and added that the IOC will "look into ways of taking away Armstrong's 2000 Sydney Games medal," according to Karolos Grohmann of REUTERS. Bach said, "This case is now with the UCI [Int'l Cycling Union], which has to determine whether Armstrong should have taken part in the Sydney Olympics or not. If the case is that he should not have taken part, that he should have been banned for that period, then the IOC will take its decision on this basis and will need to decide on the stripping of the medal." The UCI has 21 days to rule on the USADA report, while the IOC has an eight-year statute of limitation for changing Olympic results and stripping medals from doping offenders. Bach said that "there could be ways around that in this case" (REUTERS, 10/16).
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