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USADA Bans Armstrong For Life, Removes Results since 1998
 
By Luke Allingham
Date: 8/24/2012
USADA Bans Armstrong For Life, Removes Results since 1998
 
USADA released a statement Friday morning, following the news from Thursday night that Lance Armstrong will not contest the USADA doping charges. In the statement, USADA declares that it has banned Lance Armstrong for life and has disqualified from all results that he has been a part of since August, 1st, 1998. This means that all seven Tour de France titles have been stripped, meaning that the Tour de France organizers will be given the task of removing him from all Tour de France's that he's participated in and rewarding the yellow jerseys from the 1999 to 2005.

"Nobody wins when an athlete decides to cheat with dangerous performance enhancing drugs, but clean athletes at every level expect those of us here on their behalf, to pursue the truth to ensure the win-at-all-cost culture does not permanently overtake fair, honest competition," said USADA CEO, Travis T. Tygart. "Any time we have overwhelming proof of doping, our mandate is to initiate the case through the process and see it to conclusion as was done in this case."

In June, USADA filed charges against Lance Armstrong that included the following:

(1) Use and/or attempted use of prohibited substances and/or methods including EPO, blood transfusions, testosterone, corticosteroids and masking agents.

(2) Possession of prohibited substances and/or methods including EPO, blood transfusions and related equipment (such as needles, blood bags, storage containers and other transfusion equipment and blood parameters measuring devices), testosterone, corticosteroids and masking agents.

(3) Trafficking of EPO, testosterone, and corticosteroids.

(4) Administration and/or attempted administration to others of EPO, testosterone, and cortisone.

(5) Assisting, encouraging, aiding, abetting, covering up and other complicity involving one or more anti-doping rule violations and/or attempted anti-doping rule violations.


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