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UCI still awaiting USADA’s report over Armstrong’s doping charges

Washington, Sep 16 (ANI): The International Cycling Union (UCI) has said that it was still awaiting an explanation from the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) over the alleged doping charges that it made on champion cyclist Lance Armstrong.

The USADA, which has branded Armstrong as a drug cheat, had said in a ruling last month that he should be banned for life and his results since 1998, including seven Tour de France titles won from 1999-2005, should be expunged due to “numerous” alleged violations.

Earlier this month, the UCI requested a full account of the agency’s findings but has yet to receive them, UCI President Pat McQuaid confirmed.

“The dossier which USADA has certainly prepared will allow for clarification on points which remain open in this affair,” Sport24 quoted McQuaid, as saying, adding that one of those points was the issue of who has the jurisdiction when it comes to sanctioning the athlete.

McQuaid added that, barring any major unforeseen problem, “the UCI does not intend to appeal” the USADA sanctions to the Court of Arbitration for Sport “but we need verification” of wrongdoing.

With USADA competent to pronounce sanctions covering only the United States, it would generally be for the sport’s governing body, the UCI, to extend sanctions globally and strip Armstrong of victories achieved in Europe, the report said.

On Aug. 23, Armstrong gave up his long fight against the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), and said that he would not seek to clear his name off the doping charges through independent arbitration.

Armstrong continues to vehemently deny doping during his career and had also questioned USADA’s authority to ban him. However, the agency says that it has as many as 10 witnesses prepared to testify to the racer’s drug use. (ANI)