The Straits Times
Published on Jan 17, 2013

IOC strips Armstrong of 2000 Sydney Olympics bronze medal


LONDON (AP) - The IOC has stripped Lance Armstrong of his bronze medal from the 2000 Sydney Olympics because of his involvement in doping.

The International Olympic Committee says it sent a letter to the disgraced American cyclist asking him to return the medal, just as it said last month that it planned to do.

IOC spokesman Mark Adams says, "we've asked for the medal to be returned". The decision was first reported by The Associated Press.

The IOC executive board discussed revoking the medal last month, but delayed a decision until world cycling body the International Cycling Union formally notified Armstrong that he had been stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and all results since 1998. He then had 21 days to appeal.