Tuesday 24 October 2017

Armstrong files lawsuit against 'corrupt' USADA

Lance Armstrong has launched legal action against the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) and claimed they offered "corrupt inducements" to other cyclists to testify against him.

The seven-times Tour de France winner (pictured), who was charged by USADA last month with using performance-enhancing drugs, filed a lawsuit in a US federal court yesterday asking for a temporary restraining order against the agency.

The 40-year-old strenuously denies USADA's charges and likened their processes to "a kangaroo court", claiming they violated athletes' constitutional rights.

USADA have said more than 10 former team-mates and officials will testify against Armstrong, who has been given a deadline of Saturday to accept the charges and sanctions or agree for the case to go to arbitration.

He could face having all his Tour de France titles stripped from him.

USADA launched legal proceedings against Armstrong last month for alleged doping violations going back 16 years.

Irish Independent

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