Armstrong cuts charity ties

Lance Armstrong has resigned from the board of his cancer charity - cutting formal ties with his Livestrong Foundation.

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World Anti-Doping Agency: 'Drugs battle will never be won'

The head of the World Anti-Doping Agency John Fahey speaking earlier in the year
The head of the World Anti-Doping Agency John Fahey speaking earlier in the year Credit: Julien Behal/PA Wire

The head of the World Anti-Doping Agency has admitted that the Lance Armstrong case is "part of a wide-ranging doping battle that will never be completely won".

John Fahey said that drug use in sport was "bubbling away below the surface" and that "there are still problems that could surface at any time".

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Livestrong Foundation: 'We are deeply grateful to Lance'

The Chairman of the Livestrong Foundation has thanked the cyclist Lance Armstrong for his commitment to fighting cancer.

We are deeply grateful to Lance for creating a cause that has served millions of cancer survivors and their families. Lance Armstrong was instrumental in changing the way the world views people affected by cancer. His devotion to serving survivors is unparalleled and for 15 years, he committed himself to that cause with all his heart on behalf of the Livestrong Foundation.

– Jeff Garvey, Livestrong Chairman

Lance Armstrong cuts formal ties with cancer charity

Lance Armstrong has resigned from the board of his cancer charity - cutting formal ties with his Livestrong Foundation.

Armstrong resigned as chairman last month, but kept his seat on the board
Armstrong resigned as chairman last month, but kept his seat on the board. Credit: Reuters

New board chairman, Jeff Garvey, said he stepped down to spare the organisation any negative effects resulting from the controversy surrounding his cycling career.

The US Anti-Doping Agency accused Armstrong of helping run "the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen".

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IOC to investigate Lance Armstrong's Olympic bronze

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will launch an investigation into the bronze medal won by Lance Armstrong at the 2000 Olympics after he was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles in the biggest doping scandal to hit the sport.

Lance Armstrong competing at the Sydney Olympics in 2000
Lance Armstrong competing at the Sydney Olympics in 2000 Credit: Reuters/Paul Hanna

An IOC official told Reuters, "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".

Armstrong, who won a time trial medal at the Sydney Games, was stripped of his 1999-2005 Tour victories last month when the International Cycling Union ratified a US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) decision to erase his results from August 1998.

Armstrong has always denied allegations that he was involved in doping and maintains he never failed a drugs test.

Cycling chief: De Jongh honesty 'shows courage'

After Team Sky sporting director Steven de Jongh quit his role as sporting director, team principal Dave Brailsford said:

There's no doubt about Steven's work with us or his approach. He's been a highly-valued sports director and colleague over three seasons.

Steven deserves our respect for the courage he's shown in being honest about the past and it's right that we do our best to support him.

He has our best wishes for the next step in his career.

– Dave Brailsford

Team Sky cycling boss de Jongh quits

Steven de Jongh has left his role as a sporting director at Team Sky after admitting to taking performance-enhancing drugs during his cycling career.

De Jongh is the third member of Team Sky, the team Bradley Wiggins rides for, to leave the Tour de France-winning team after its zero-tolerance approach to doping was restated in the wake of the Lance Armstrong affair.

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