Armstrong scandal could see cycling dropped from Olympics — Reuters.com
LONDON — Cycling could lose its status as an Olympic sport if Lance Armstrong implicates the UCI in his two-part interview with Oprah Winfrey Thursday and Friday, Reuters reports.
According to the London-based news agency, International Olympic Committee member Dick Pound “said it was clear the IOC needed to take matters into its own hands in the wake of the Lance Armstrong doping scandal.”
If Armstrong confirms allegations that the UCI was complicit in or even assisted his long-running doping practices, the IOC could remove cycling from the Olympic agenda in order to push the UCI to clean its own house.
“The only way it (cycling) is going to clean up is if all these people (in cycling) 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,’” the former World Anti-Doping Agency chief told Reuters. “The IOC would have to deal with it, the (UCI) is not known for its strong actions to anti-doping.”