The IOC defer decision on whether to strip Lance Armstrong of his Olympic bronze medal
Last Updated: December 6, 2012 9:59am
Armstrong: 2000 bronze medal success in jeopardy
The International Olympic Committee have deferred their decision whether to strip Lance Armstrong of the bronze medal he won at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
IOC president Jacques Rogge made the announcement after an executive board meeting in Lausanne and stated that a call on the matter could not yet be made for legal reasons.
"On the Armstrong case we will not move because we need to have the situation whereby the UCI officially notifies Mr Armstrong of the fact he will be disqualified and declared ineligible, and that he should hand over his medal," he said.
"It is a legal obligation, not for the IOC but for the UCI. When he has been notified, Mr Armstrong will have 21 days in which to launch an appeal if he so wishes. It is only after that period of 21 days that the IOC can take action."
The matter is complicated by the IOC's eight-year statute for changing Olympic results, however, the board is hopeful that the decision by USADA and the UCI to annul Armstrong's results from the last 14 years will help their case.