Armstrong to face doping charges
Probe into seven-time Tour winner to be heard by arbitration panel
Last Updated: 29/06/12 11:31pm
Lance Armstrong: Doping case against him will be heard by arbitration panel
The US Anti-Doping Agency have confirmed they will file formal doping charges against seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong.
The organisation issued a statement which revealed an independent three person Anti-Doping Review Board had unanimously recommended going ahead with legal proceedings.
USADA had previously written to Armstrong to notify him of the doping allegations made against him and will now proceed with a case that will be ruled on by an arbitration panel.
A statement from USADA CEO Travis T Tygart said: "USADA can confirm that the independent three person Anti-Doping Review Board (ADRB) has conducted a full evaluation and has made a unanimous recommendation to move forward with the adjudication process in accordance with the rules.
"All respondents will have the opportunity to exercise their right to a full public arbitration hearing, should they so choose, where all evidence would be presented, witness testimony would be given under oath, and an independent group of arbitrators would ultimately decide the outcome of the case.
"USADA will continue to follow the established procedures that are compliant with federal law and were approved by athletes, the US Olympic Committee, and all Olympic sports organisations."
Armstrong has denied all allegations of doping and reacted angrily when the USADA initiated legal proceedings over "allegations of anti-doping rule violations" during his time with the United States Postal Service team. He claimed the agency were dredging up discredited accusations.
The former world champion won seven consecutive Tour de France titles from 1999 to 2005 while competing for the US Postal Service team, which later became the Discovery Channel team.
He retired after the 2005 Tour de France, but returned in 2009, riding for Astana and RadioShack before retiring for a second time in February 2011. He has been competing in triathlon this year.