Can­cer char­ity drops Arm­strong name from ti­tle

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AUSTIN

The Lance Arm­strong Foun­da­tion has for­mally dropped the name of the dis­graced cy­clist from its ti­tle, the or­ga­ni­za­tion said on Wed­nes­day, mark­ing the lat­est move by the can­cer char­ity to dis­tance it­self fol­low­ing the big­gest dop­ing scan­dal in the sport's his­tory.

The foun­da­tion that has been in­for­mally known for years as Live­strong - the word adorn­ing its well-known yel­low wrist­bands - filed pa­per­work with the Texas Sec­re­tary of State for a name change that be­came ef­fec­tive on Oc­to­ber 30, said foun­da­tion spokes­woman Katherine McLane. It is now the Live­strong Foun­da­tion.

"For most of its life, the or­ga­ni­za­tion has been known as the Live­strong Foun­da­tion, but mak­ing that change of­fi­cial is nec­es­sary and ap­pro­pri­ate dur­ing a time of change for the or­ga­ni­za­tion," McLane told Reuters.

Arm­strong founded the char­ity in 1997, af­ter he was di­ag­nosed with tes­tic­u­lar can­cer and be­fore he first won the Tour de France.

Since then, it has raised some $500 mil­lion and has evolved from a fo­cus on tes­tic­u­lar can­cer re­search to ad­dress­ing the needs of sur­vivors of all can­cers.

Arm­strong, 41, an­nounced on Oc­to­ber 17 that he was step­ping down as chair­man but re­main­ing on the board of the or­ga­ni­za­tion, which helps peo­ple and fam­i­lies af­fected by can­cer.

That fol­lowed an Oc­to­ber 10 re­port by the U.S. An­tiDop­ing Agency (USADA) that said that the now-re­tired rider had been in­volved in the "most so­phis­ti­cated, pro­fes­sion­al­ized and suc­cess­ful dop­ing pro­gram that sport has ever seen."

On Oc­to­ber 22, Arm­strong's seven Tour de France vic­to­ries were nul­li­fied and he was banned from cy­cling for life af­ter the In­ter­na­tional Cy­cling Union (UCI) rat­i­fied the USADA's sanc­tions against him. He made the de­ci­sion Novem­ber 4, McLane said.

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