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Lance Armstrong's Olympic medal to be investigated by Committee


From top left, Lance Armstrong celebrates his Tour de France titles in 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000 and 1999 on the podium on the Champs-Elysees in Paris.



Lance Armstrong's Olympic medal will be undergoing investigation by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the latest in a series of punishments he has faces for his involvement in doping.

Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles last week, in one of cycling's biggest scandals. The USADA report chronicling the widespread use of performance-enhancing drugs by Armstrong and his peers calls it the "most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen," the Telegraph reported

"The IOC will now immediately start the process concerning the involvement of Lance Armstrong, other riders and particularly their entourages with respect to the Olympic Games and their future involvement with the Games," an IOC official said Thursday, Reuters reported.

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Armstrong won a bronze time trial medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Levi Leipheimer, Armstrong former teammate and one of the central witnesses in the case against the Livestrong founder, may also have his Olympic medal revoked, the Associated Press reported

The IOC will be looking into whether the eight-year statute for revising Olympic results applies to Armstrong's case or not, according to the AP. 

"The IOC has taken note of the International Cycling Union's decision and welcomes all measures that will shed light on the full extent of this episode and allow the sport to reform and to move forward," the IOC official said.

"We await the findings of the independent commission which will look into the UCI's role, and the recommendations they will make to ensure a healthy future for cycling."

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