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Lance Armstrong Ends His Fight Against Charges of Illegal Doping. In Response Anti-Doping Agency Says It Will Strip Armstrong of His Seven Tour de France Titles. But Does the Agency Have Jurisdiction to Do This?

Aug 24, 2012  •  Post A Comment

"Famed cyclist Lance Armstrong faces the prospect of losing seven Tour de France titles and his fabled championship legacy after he ended his fight against charges of illegal doping," CNN reports.

The story continues, "Armstrong, who has consistently denied allegations of illegal doping, made his announcement to stop battling the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency’s (USADA) ‘one-sided and unfair process’ … against him after losing a legal bid Monday to stop the probe."

The article adds, "But there’s a question whether the USADA has authority in the case and whether international agencies might have to weigh in before Armstrong would face the prospect of losing his titles. The International Cycling Union has opposed the anti-doping actions by claiming it has jurisdiction. That position has been recently backed by USA Cycling, the official cycling organization recognized by the U.S. Olympic Committee. The cycling union said Friday it won’t comment until the anti-doping group issues ‘a reasoned decision’ explaining its stance."

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