In 2000 Lance Armstrong stood on the podium in Sydney when he received his bronze Olympic medal. Thirteen years later his YouWager fans couldn’t been more disappointed now that he has been stripped of his meal because of doping.
Just yesterday the International Olympic Committee sent a letter to Armstrong asking him to return the medal, just as the organization said it planned to do back in December.
Last month, the IOC executive board discussed revoking the medal, however the process was delayed until cycling’s governing body notified Armstrong he had been stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and all results since 1998. The 41 year-old then had 21 days to appeal.
Given that the deadline has expired, the IOC decided to take away the medal. The letter to the 41 year-old cyclist also was sent to the U.S. Olympic Committee, which is likely to collect the medal.
This all was confirmed on the same day that Armstrong finally admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs and will be broadcasted in an interview with Oprah Winfrey. However, the timing of the IOC move was not related to the TV interview.
Armstrong receive the bronze medal in Sydney just two months after winning his second Tour de France title in 2000. The olympic medal was won for the road time trial behind winner and U.S. Postal Service teammate Vyacheslav Ekimov of Russia and Jan Ullrich of Germany.
Two months ago the IOC opened a disciplinary case after a U.S. Anti-Doping Agency report explaining widespread doping by Armstrong and his teammates. According to this report, Armstrong’s was the most sophisticated doping program in sports history.