PARIS – The UCI (International Cycling Union) has agreed with the USADA findings that former pro-cyclist Lance Armstrong took performance enhancement drugs during his fantastic career.
NDJ World | Published: Oct 22 2012 Sports
That means that the life-time banning and taking away all of Armstrong’s titles stands.
Lance Armstrong will no longer be able to participate in any pro-sport that includes cycling and the seven Tour de France titles he had under his belt, the only man in pro-cycling to ever do this, will be gone as well.
The USADA had claimed that Lance Armstrong with his team US Postal, ran the most organized and managed ‘doping ring’ in sports history, that included bribes to team leaders, sports organizers, doctors and other athletes.
Earlier this month Lance Armstrong stopped his legal battle against the USADA after a Texas judge denied him from sueing to anti-doping agency.
Nike also dropped its lucrative promo-contract it had with Armstrong late last week and on the same day he stepped down as chairman of the charity organization ‘Livestrong’ that he founded 15 years ago.
What’s next for Armstrong?
No one really knows, including Armstrong himself. UCI chairman Pat McQuaid had nothing good to say about the once adored cyclist:
“Lance Armstrong doesn’t belong in cycling,” he said during the UCI meeting in Geneva, Switzerland.
He added: “I am sorry we couldn’t catch every damn one of them red handed and throw them out of the sport!”
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