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Lance’s admission could lead to end of Olympic cycling

ARMSTRONG

FILE - This July 5, 2004 file photo shows U.S. Postal Service team leader and five-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong, third from right, framed by his teammates as the pack rides during the second stage of the 91st Tour de France cycling race between Charleroi and Namur, Belgium. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency says 11 of Lance Armstrong’s former teammates testified against him in its investigation of the cyclist, revealing “the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen.” USADA will deliver its reasoned decision against Armstrong later Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, a summary of the facts it used to hand him a lifetime suspension and erase his seven Tour de France titles. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)

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Regardless of the leaks, no one knows exactly what Lance Armstrong told Oprah. We’ll all find out when it airs Thursday, but according to one IOC member who spoke with Reuters, the interview could have drastic implications on the sport.

Apparently, former World Anti-doping President Dick Pound said that if Armstrong can prove that members of the International Cycling Union assisted in covering up the seemingly wide-spread doping scheme, then the IOC will have no choice but to consider dropping cycling from the Olympics.

“The only way it is going to clean up is if all these people say ‘Hey, we’re no longer in the Olympics and that’s where we want to be so let’s earn our way back into it,” Pound said. “The IOC would have to deal with it, the [UCI] is not known for its strong actions to anti-doping.”