International Olympic Committee investigate Lance Armstrong over Sydney 2000 bronze

Last Updated: 01/11/12 10:53pm

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Lance Armstrong: Won bronze at the 2000 Sydney Olympics

Lance Armstrong: Won bronze at the 2000 Sydney Olympics

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Lance Armstrong could be stripped of the bronze medal he won at the Sydney Games in 2000 after the International Olympic Committee launched an investigation into the former cyclist.

Armstrong lost his seven Tour de France titles and was banned for life when the International Cycling Union (UCI) last week ratified the sanctions recommended by the United States Anti-doping Agency.

They had concluded Armstrong and his United States Postal Service team ran "the most sophisticated, professionalised and successful doping programme that sport has ever seen".

The 41-year-old finished third in the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games road time-trial and now faces further scrutiny from the IOC, who will first await the outcome of an independent investigation ordered by the UCI.

An IOC statement read: "The IOC has taken note of the UCI's decision and welcomes all measures that will shed light on the full extent of this episode and allow the sport to reform and to move forward.

"We await the findings of the independent commission which will look into the UCI's role, and the recommendations they will make to ensure a healthy future for cycling.

"The IOC will now immediately start the process concerning the involvement of Lance Armstrong, other riders and particularly their entourages with respect to the Olympic Games and their future involvement with the Games."

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