Armstrong stripped of 2000 bronze medal

Thu Jan 17, 2013 12:27pm EST
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LONDON (Reuters) - Lance Armstrong was stripped of his 2000 Olympic Games cycling time trial bronze medal by the International Olympic Committee on Thursday, continuing the once dominant American rider's spectacular fall from grace after a doping storm.

"We have written asking for the return of the medal from the Sydney 2000 Games," an IOC official told Reuters after the decision to take away the last major title held by the disgraced American.

The retired Armstrong had his seven Tour de France titles taken from him and was banned for life by the International Cycling Union (UCI) in October after several riders testified that he took drugs.

The UCI also stripped Armstrong, who had never failed a doping tests, of all results since August 1, 1998.

The testimony came in a United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) report in which the 41-year-old's former U.S. Postal team was accused of running "the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen".

Armstrong, a cancer survivor who founded the Livestrong Foundation, had always vehemently denied wrongdoing and aggressively pursued anyone claiming he did.

He is, however, due to appear on U.S. television later on Thursday with reports saying he will confess to taking banned substances.

CBS Television reported on Tuesday the former rider had offered to pay more that $5 million to the U.S. government in compensation for an alleged fraud against the U.S. Postal Service, which for years sponsored his cycling team.

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Cyclist Lance Armstrong is interviewed by Oprah Winfrey in Austin, Texas, in this January 14, 2012 handout photo courtesy of Harpo Studios. REUTERS/Harpo Studios, Inc/George Burns/Handout