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Lance Armstrong Cuts Ties with Livestrong

Nov. 12, 2012
Lance Armstrong

Lance Armstrong has stepped down as board member of the Livestrong cancer charity, four weeks after resigning as its chairman in the wake of losing his seven Tour de France titles over a doping controversy.

Livestrong chairman Jeff Garvey said in a statement on Monday that Armstrong cut his ties with Livestrong to spare it from the effects of the controversy surrounding its founder.

"Lance Armstrong has chosen to voluntarily resign from the Board of Directors of the Livestrong Foundation to spare the organization any negative effects as a result of controversy surrounding his cycling career," Garvey said.

Armstrong never failed a doping test and denied doping, but was accused in a report by the United States Anti-Doping Agency of being involved in the "most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen."

The governing cycling body UCI disqualified him from all events since 1998, including the seven Tour titles, and banned him for life.

Armstrong, 41, founded Livestrong in 1997 after fighting testicular cancer. He is said to remain involved in the charity but not in an official function.

Source: Copyright 2012 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

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