The Armstrong case - UCI's response
We outlined the USADA's decision in the last edition of The Sport Lawyer and commented that the issue remained whether UCI would accept USADA's report or challenge their jurisdiction. UCI's statement this week makes it clear that the governing body accepts USADA's findings and it has endorsed the sanctions imposed by stripping Armstrong of his Tour de France titles and banning him from cycling for life. It is open to Armstrong himself to appeal against UCI's decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport; however, given that he has already abandoned challenging USADA's decision, such a course of action seems unlikely.
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Andrew Nixon is a Partner in the Sport Group at Sheridans. Referred to in this year's Legal 500 as a “very bright and talented sports lawyer” Andrew's practice focuses principally on regulatory, governance, disciplinary, arbitration and dispute resolution within the sport sector. Andrew's clients include governing bodies, sports clubs, sports agencies and individual athletes.