Posted by Editor on 08/20/12
Retired American cyclist Lance Armstrong lost his suit in a Federal court to block the USADA investigation into allegations that he was part of a conspiracy involving the use and trafficking of banned substances during the period of his seven Tour de France victories. Armstrong's suit stated that the USADA did not have jurisdiction over the case. The Texas court judge today dismissed Armstrong's suit, stating it "lacked merit". However, the judge was critical of a number of USADA's processes, and left the door open for a subsequent ruling against the body if they do not provide the evidence to Armstrong with adequate notice before any proceedings.
Armstrong now has three possible responses to USADA, which must take place by August 23rd:
1. Accept sanctions, which will include a lifetime ban and the forfeiture of his Tour wins.
2. Participate in the USADA arbitration process, which will involve witness testimony and the presentation of other evidence that the USADA claims to have.
3. Appeal the court decision, thus delaying either of the first two options and, potentially, overturning the USADA charges.
USADA claims to have strong witness testimony, however, the names of witnesses have not been released, with USADA stating that if they were, the witness would likely be subjected to intimidation.
Armstrong has not formally responded to the judge's decision.
The full text of the judge's decision can be read Here.
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