World Anti-Doping Agency upholds ban on Armstrong

Woes for cyclist Lance Armstrong refuses to fade away. On Friday, the World Anti-Doping Agency upheld his ban and decided to not challenge US Anti-Doping Agency's verdict.

updated: November 02, 2012 23:09 IST
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The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on Friday said that it would not appeal against a decision to strip US cyclist Lance Armstrong of his seven Tour de France victories and ban him from the sport for life for doping.

The organisation said it would "not exercise its independent right of appeal" after considering the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) dossier that placed the Texan rider at the heart of what it said was the biggest doping programme ever in sport.

WADA said it had made a "full and careful review" of the case, including whether the US body had ignored a statutory time limit on bringing cases alleging doping code violations.

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