Olympics May Ax Cycling Over Armstrong Scandal
Sport needs time to clean up, IOC member says
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 16, 2013 3:23 AM CST
Lance Armstrong waves after receiving the bronze medal in the men's individual time trials at the Summer Olympics in Sydney, 2000.   (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan, File)

(Newser) – Lance Armstrong's doping scandal could end up sidelining his entire sport from the Olympics, International Olympic Committee member Dick Pound warns. Armstrong—who confessed to doping in an Oprah interview set to air tomorrow—reportedly plans to implicate cycling's world governing body, which could leave the IOC feeling the need to take drastic action, Pound tells Reuters.

"We could say, 'look, you've clearly got a problem why don't we give you four years, eight years to sort it out,'" says Pound, a former head of the World Anti-Doping Agency. "And when you think you're ready, come on back (and) we'll see whether it would be a good idea to put you back on the program." The only way cycling is going to clean up "is if all these people say 'hey, we're no longer in the Olympics and that's where we want to be so let's earn our way back into it,'" he says, though action will probably have to wait until after the IOC presidential election this summer.

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iq145
Jan 16, 2013 10:37 PM CST
What about when michael phelps confessed to smoking pot? That's about the same. Why not take out swimming as an event? :-)
Antagonist
Jan 16, 2013 6:09 PM CST
I always thought this guy was an A$$hole! I hope they send his A$$ to Jail !!!!!!!! But I don't think that they should punish everyone (World Cycling). But hey, let them get their shit together and prove they belong in the Olympics.
JoeQ
Jan 16, 2013 10:29 AM CST
I think I'll wait and see what Oprah's revelations really are.