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Armstrong scandal could see sport dropped from Olympics

Published on Jan 16, 2013 5:53 AM
US Lance Armstrong arrives to participate in a training session during the second of the two rest days of the 2010 Tour de France cycling race at the hotel hosting the US cycling team on July 21, 2010 in Pau, Southwestern France. -- PHOTO: AFP

(REUTERS) - Cycling could be dumped from the Olympic programme if Lance Armstrong implicated the sport's governing body of covering up a widespread doping scheme, International Olympic Committee (IOC) member Dick Pound told Reuters on Tuesday.

Mr Pound said the IOC might be left with no choice other than to take drastic action if Armstrong was able to prove the International Cycling Union (UCI) had acted improperly.

"We could say, 'look, you've clearly got a problem why don't we give you four years, eight years to sort it out," Mr Pound said.

"And when you think you're ready come on back we'll see whether it would be a good idea to put you back on the programme." A former head of the World Anti-Doping Agency, Mr Pound said it was clear the IOC needed to take matters into its own hands in the wake of the Lance Armstrong doping scandal.

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