Thirteen years after he stood on the podium in Sydney, Lance Armstrong has been stripped of the bronze medal he won at the 2000 Olympics because of his involvement in doping. The International Olympic Committee sent a letter to Armstrong on Wednesday night asking him to return the medal, just as it said it planned to do last month.
The IOC executive board discussed revoking the medal in December, but delayed a decision until cycling body UCI formally notified Armstrong he had been stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and all results since 1998. He then had 21 days to appeal.
The letter was also sent to the U.S. Olympic Committee, which would collect the medal.
“Having had confirmation from UCI that Armstrong has not appealed the decision to disqualify him from Sydney, we have written to him to ask for the return of the bronze medal,'' IOC spokesman Mark Adams said.
The timing of the IOC move, however, was not related to Armstrong’s interview to Oprah Winfrey.
Two months after winning his second Tour de France title in 2000, Armstrong took bronze in Sydney in the road time trial. The IOC will not reallocate Armstrong's bronze medal, just as the UCI decided not to declare any winners for the Tour titles held by him.
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