WADA: Hand Over Armstrong Evidence

Agency wants material from prosecutors

Feb 7, 2012
Outside Magazine

The World Anti-Doping Agency has asked U.S. investigators to turn over evidence gathered during a two-year criminal investigation into possible doping by Lance Armstrong. Federal prosecutors dropped the inquirey without explanation on Friday. WADA president John Fahey said that the agency would like to use any evidence that prosecutors may have collected as part of its own ongoing investigation of doping in cycling. "It is important that that happen as quickly as possible, just in case there are athletes who might be looking at going to [the London Olympics] and where there is evidence in relation to them," he said. It is unclear whether the agency could use that evidence to sanction Armstrong or any other riders. The federal investigation focused on Armstrong's career with the U.S. Postal Service team before 2004, a period that falls outside WADA's eight-year statute of limitations.

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