Lance Armstrong: IOC will ask for medal back if he admits doping

January 16, 2013

Oprah Winfrey’s interview with Lance Armstrong will air Thursday night. (George Burns / AP)

Lance Armstrong will lose one of the last prizes he still owns — his Olympic medal — if, as expected, he admits to having used performance-enhancing drugs in an interview with Oprah Winfrey that will air Thursday night.

“If Armstrong admits he cheated then we will be asking for the medal back, just as we would with any athlete,” Mark Adams, director of communications, told USA Today.

Armstrong, who won the bronze in the 2000 Sydney Olympics, has been stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned for cycling for life.

Exactly what Armstrong will reveal in the Winfrey interview and in the days to come is not precisely known, but if he were to implicate that the International Cycling Union in covering up the widespread doping scheme he is accused of leading, the sport could be removed from the Olympics, according to a Reuters report.

“The only way it [cycling] is going to clean up is if all these people say ‘Hey, we’re no longer in the Olympics and that’s where we want to be so let’s earn our way back into it,’” Dick Pound, former head of the World Anti-Doping Agency and an IOC member, said Tuesday. “The IOC would have to deal with it. The [cycling union] is not known for its strong actions to anti-doping.”

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