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Armstrong Faces New Doping Charges From USADA
Tygart said that if the case continues, it will not be USADA that determines whether Armstrong is guilty of doping.
The Post said the letter from USADA reveals "previously unpublicized allegations against Armstrong" and that the agency collected blood samples from Armstrong in 2009 and 2010 that were "fully consistent with blood manipulation including EPO use and/or blood transfusions."
"I have never doped, and, unlike many of my accusers, I have competed as an endurance athlete for 25 years with no spike in performance, passed more than 500 drug tests and never failed one. That USADA ignores this fundamental distinction and charges me instead of the admitted dopers says far more about USADA, its lack of fairness and this vendetta than it does about my guilt or innocence."
"If a hearing is ultimately held then it is an independent panel of arbitrators, not USADA that determines whether or not these individuals have committed anti doping rule violations as alleged," Tygart said, adding that USADA would not comment further on the evidence or the issue "unless or until it is appropriate."
The next step is for Armstrong to answer the charges, in writing, by June 22.
"Our duty on behalf of clean athletes and those that value the integrity of sport is to fairly and thoroughly evaluate all the evidence available and when there is credible evidence of doping, take action under Nike Air Max 97 2017 Qs Usatf For Sale
the established rules.
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individuals are presumed innocent of the allegations unless and until proven otherwise through the established legal process," he said.
"These individuals include three team doctors and two team officials.
Anti Doping Agency, or USADA.
Tygart said USADA's case was supported by evidence, but that until the process was complete, those involved were presumed innocent.
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Armstrong, age 40, won a record seven Tours de France, from 1999 to 2005.
"These are the very same charges and the same witnesses that the Justice Air Max 1 Suede Department chose not to pursue after a two year investigation. These charges are baseless, motivated by spite and advanced through testimony bought and paid for by promises of anonymity and immunity.
As a result of the charges, Armstrong is banned immediately from participating in triathlons, a sport he took up seriously after retiring from pro cycling in 2011.
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"I have been notified that USADA, an organization largely funded by taxpayer dollars but governed only by self written rules, intends to again dredge up discredited allegations dating back more than 16 years to prevent me from competing as a triathlete and try and strip me of the seven Tour de France victories I earned," Armstrong said.
"This formal notice letter is the first step in the multistep legal process for alleged sport anti doping rule violations," Tygart said.
Writing on his website on Wednesday, Armstrong wrote:
USADA chief executive Travis Tygart issued a statement confirming "that written notice of allegations of anti doping rule violations was sent yesterday to him (Armstrong) and to five additional individuals all formerly associated with the United States Postal Service professional cycling team.
But Armstrong said the witnesses cited by USADA were the same ones who spoke to federal investigators during a two year probe that ended in February without any criminal charges being brought.
Armstrong posted a link to his response to USADA allegations on this Twitter account.
16 years, I am the only athlete it has chosen to charge. USADA's malice, its methods, its star chamber practices, and its decision to punish first and adjudicate later all are at odds with our ideals of fairness and fair play.
According to the Post, USADA claims it has witnesses to the fact that Armstrong and five former cycling team associates including Italian doctor Michele Ferrari and cycling team manager Johan Bruyneel engaged in a doping conspiracy from 1998 to 2011.
"We do not choose whether or not we do our job based on outside pressures, intimidation or for any reason other than the evidence," Tygart said.
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