International Olympic Committee awaiting return of Lance Armstrong's medal

Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned from the sport for life in October, 2012, after the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) produced evidence of widespread doping by him and his former team-mates.

updated: September 09, 2013 19:53 IST
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Buenos Aires: The International Olympic Committee (IOC) are awaiting the return of disgraced American cyclist Lance Armstrong's Olympic bronze medal from the 2000 Games in Sydney nine months after they asked for it back, the head of the IOC's judicial commission, Thomas Bach, revealed on Monday.

The IOC had written to Armstrong -- who was third in the time-trial event in Sydney -- in January to ask him hand back the medal, but Bach admitted that while the cyclist had accepted the punishment he had yet to honour his promise to return the medal.

"We declared his result null and void and decided not to bump up anyone into the bronze medal position (Spaniard Abraham Olano finished fourth)," said Bach, who is the favourite to succeed outgoing IOC President Jacques Rogge in Tuesday's election in Buenos Aires.

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