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WADA statement on Lance Armstrong’s decision not to seek arbitration

August 24, 2012

Further to WADA President John Fahey’s comments to the media regarding Lance Armstrong’s decision not to seek arbitration following charges brought by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), WADA now awaits the decision USADA is mandated to deliver pursuant to the World Anti-Doping Code (Code).

Until that decision is issued, and it will include sanctions, WADA cannot and will not comment on the specifics of this case.

As the international organization responsible for the fight against doping in sport, WADA will continue to monitor the process which USADA has conducted in accordance with the Code.

It is relevant to note, however, that the anti-doping rules violations alleged and outlined in USADA’s charge letter to Mr. Armstrong are based on conspiracy and fraud.

There are still two individuals included in this charge who remain to be dealt with by the process. Their rights must not be prejudiced by premature speculation as to the content of the evidence.

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