Just in case you forgot, Lance Armstrong is still a liar. He was the big story the first half of this week, and his interview Oprah that is airing tonight on OWN has become an afterthought following the events unfolding in South Bend.
One group that hasn’t lost sight of Armstrong’s sudden admission and more accurately, his refusal to appeal the decision from UCI to strip the cyclist of his 7-Tour de France titles, is the International Olympic Committee. The governing body reportedly sent a letter to Armstrong on Wednesday requesting he return the bronze medal he won back in 2000 in Sydney.
Two officials said the IOC sent a letter to Armstrong on Wednesday night asking him to return the medal. The move came after the International Olympic Committee was notified by cycling’s governing body that Armstrong had not appealed the decision to disqualify him.
The officials spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the decision hasn’t been announced.
This certainly isn’t a shocking revelation, as most expected the group to take this action at some point. It made much more sense to wait to see how everything played out from Armstrong side. The decision from IOC was not based on his admission to Oprah, but began two months ago after the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency report came out about Armstrong and his teammates widespread and sophisticated doping.
The bronze medal will not be reallocated, just as his Tour de France wins have not.
H/T USA Today