IOC Reviews USADA Report on Lance Armstrong for Olympic Implications
LONDON (AP) – The IOC is looking into the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency’s case against Lance Armstrong to see if there is enough evidence to open an investigation that could result in the stripping of Olympic medals.
IOC spokeswoman Emmanuelle Moreau tells The Associated Press that the Olympic body is reviewing the USADA report “together will all related documentation.”
Armstrong won the bronze medal in the time trial at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
Moreau says it is “premature” to say whether the IOC is considering measures but “should we come across any evidence that would justify opening a disciplinary procedure, we would of course act accordingly.”
USADA issued a 200-page report Wednesday explaining its reasons for stripping Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles. The report accused Armstrong of being at the center of a sophisticated doping scheme.
Meanwhile, the Italian doctor at the center of the Lance Armstrong doping scandal could be about to face criminal charges.
The prosecutor who has been investigating Dr. Michele Ferrari for several years tells The Associated Press that his inquiry is “coming to a close.”
In a rare media interview, Padua prosecutor Benedetto Roberti also calls for an Interpol-like agency dedicated exclusively to international doping investigations like the one used for Armstrong.
Roberti says that the Armstrong inquiry was effective merely due to the “personal wills of individuals, who did this voluntarily. We need something that always works, and doesn’t just depend on personal will.”
While Roberti would not reveal details of his inquiry, he is believed to be investigating up to 70 people, including about 20 athletes.
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