The International Olympic Committee has sent a letter to Lance Armstrong asking him to return the bronze medal he won at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, reports the AP.
The IOC has been discussing asking for the medal back since December, but wanted until the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) formally notified Armstrong they were stripping him of his seven Tour de France titles. Now that Armstrong’s deadline to appeal the Tour de France decision has passed, the IOC has decided to take his Olympic medal away.
IOC spokesman Mark Adams says, “Having had confirmation from UCI that Armstrong has not appealed the decision to disqualify him from Sydney, we have written to him to ask for the return of the bronze medal. We have also written to USOC to inform them of the decision.”
The IOC will not be upgrading the fourth-place finisher from the 2000 Olympics, Spaniard Abraham Olano Manzano. The bronze medal will instead be left vacant in the Olympic records. The UCI has also chosen not to award Armstrong’s Tour de France titles to any of the second-place finishers.