Arm­strong stripped of BBC award

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS BRIEFING - The BBC took back the 2003 award won by Lance Arm­strong

LON­DON — Lance Arm­strong has been stripped of a pres­ti­gious BBC award in the wake of the dop­ing scan­dal that cost the Amer­i­can cy­clist his seven Tour de France ti­tles and smeared his rep­u­ta­tion.

Arm­strong won the Bri­tish broad­caster’s Overseas Sports Per­son­al­ity of the Year prize in 2003 af­ter cap­tur­ing his fi­nal Tour vic­tory, but his name was ab­sent from the list of pre­vi­ous win­ners in the pro­gram for the 2012 event.

The BBC said in a state­ment Tues­day that it made the de­ci­sion “fol­low­ing the UCI’s de­ci­sion to strip Lance Arm­strong of his Tour de France ti­tles.”

A U.S. Anti-Dop­ing Agency report in Oc­to­ber im­pli­cated Arm­strong and his teams in a wide­spread drugs pro­gram, lead­ing to him to be banned from cy­cling for life.

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