Lance Armstrong hands in his Sydney 2000 Olympic time trial bronze medal
Last Updated: September 14, 2013 9:09am
Lance Armstrong won a bronze medal at the Sydney Olympics in 2000
Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong has returned his 2000 Olympic bronze medal to the US Olympic Committee (USOC), nine months after he was stripped of it.
The American lost his seven Tour de France titles last year and admitted to years of performance-enhancing substance use in January.
Following his public confession, the International Olympic Committee ordered the return of the bronze medal he won in the time trial at the Sydney 2000 Games and declared the race results void.
Last night, Armstrong tweeted: "The 2000 Bronze is back in possession of @usolympics and will be in Switzerland asap."
Later, USOC spokesman Patrick Sandusky said in a statement: "I can confirm that the United States Olympic Committee has received the bronze medal awarded to Lance Armstrong at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney.
"The International Olympic Committee and the USOC had previously requested that the medal be returned. The USOC has made arrangements to return the medal to the IOC."
Thomas Bach, who was elected president of the International Olympic Committee on Tuesday, had said the previous day the organisation was still seeking the medal.
"We will continue to work with the United States Olympic Committee to get this medal back as requested in our decision," Bach said.
"This (the IOC's January) decision has been communicated to Mr Armstrong and the USOC. This decision has not been appealed neither by Mr Armstrong, nor by the USOC and what we are lacking, sadly, is getting back the medal. Legally the case for the IOC is closed."