Lance Armstrong Doping Controversy: History of Denial (GALLERY)
After dropping his fight against long-running doping charges, cycling champ Lance Armstrong faces a grim fate: The United State Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) is threatening to ban him from the sport for life and strip him of his wins since 1998.
But it remains unclear whether the USADA — the official anti-doping agency for Olympic, Pan American and Paralympic sports in the U.S. — has the authority on the case. In fact, international agencies, such as the International Cycling Union, might have to weigh in before Armstrong would face the prospect of seven Tour de France titles.
What did Armstrong’s team have to say about that dispute?
“You are on notice,” Armstrong attorney Tim Herman said in a letter, “that if USADA makes any public statement claiming, without jurisdiction, to sanction Mr. Armstrong, or to falsely characterize Mr. Armstrong’s reasons for not requesting an arbitration as anything other than a recognition of (International Cycling Union) jurisdiction and authority, USADA and anyone involved in the making of the statement will be liable.”
The USADA had charged Armstrong with using, possessing, trafficking and giving to others performance-enhancing drugs, as well as attempting to cover up his drug violations. In response, Armstrong sued the agency to stop the investigation, arguing it did not have the right to prosecute him. But a federal judge dismissed Armstrong’s lawsuit on Monday.
But this is certainly not the first time Armstrong has been been dogged by doping accusations. The champ — who won the Tour from 1999 to 2005 after surviving testicular cancer — has long battled a besiege of doping allegations, from former teammates, foreign agencies and the press. But throughout it all, Armstrong has always not wavered in from his claim of innocence, denying ever dabbling in performance-enhancing substances during his decorated career.
Now that Armstrong is walking away from his year-long struggle to save his reputation, Celebuzz is looking back on his cycle of denial.
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