Armstrong steps down from Livestrong board

Mon Nov 12, 2012 11:37am EST

Lance Armstrong, founder of the LIVESTRONG foundation, takes part in a special session regarding cancer in the developing world during the Clinton Global Initiative in New York September 22, 2010. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Lance Armstrong, founder of the LIVESTRONG foundation, takes part in a special session regarding cancer in the developing world during the Clinton Global Initiative in New York September 22, 2010.

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(Reuters) - Lance Armstrong has stepped down as a board member of Livestrong, the cancer-support charity he founded in 1997, the organization said Monday.

"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," Livestrong chairman Jeff Garvey said in a statement.

"We are deeply grateful to Lance for creating a cause that has served millions of cancer survivors and their families."

Armstrong, a survivor of testicular cancer, had previously stepped down as Livestrong's chairman.

The 41-year-old had his seven Tour de France victories nullified and was banned from cycling for life last month after the International Cycling Union (UCI) ratified the United States Anti-Doping Agency's (USADA) sanctions against him.

USADA published a report that said the now-retired rider had been involved in the "most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen."

Livestrong spokeswoman Katherine McLane told Reuters that Armstrong "remains the inspiration" for the charity and is its largest donor, having contributed $7 million.

She said Armstrong will remain involved with Livestrong, just not as a board member.

Garvey added: "Lance Armstrong was instrumental in changing the way the world views people affected by cancer.

"His devotion to serving survivors is unparalleled and for 15 years, he committed himself to that cause with all his heart on behalf of the Livestrong Foundation."

Armstrong has denied ever using performance-enhancing drugs.

(Reporting By Steve Ginsburg, editing by Mitch Phillips in London.)

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EvoQ wrote:
It’s a sad day for Lance Armstrong. I personally believe that he has been the Victim of a Very Public lynching, the USA Justice Dept. went after Lance Armstrong on the whole Doping issue but dropped the case cause they felt they did not enough evidence and consequently could Not win a court case against Armstrong. USADA/and WADA have been after Lance Armstrong now for over 10 years trying as they might to “Make an Example of L.Armstrong” and with the public’s help they got their wish and L.Armstrong has been ruined in the public’s eye at least for the immediate future. It was a very smart move for L.Armstrong to step down from the Livestrong Cancer Fighting Foundation. Now L. Arstrong can start to regain some semblance of credibility back. What I or You think happend has no bearing on this situation. The facts are truly what counts. L.Armstrong took over 500 different drug tests over the years and passed them all. One can not wholly discount these 500 negative drug tests. But the USADA/WADA have succeeded in their With Hunt and getting the Public behind their Armstrong public Lynching. Now it is up to Lance to start too fight and claw his way back. And IMHOpinion one day Lance Armstrong will have his Reputation in tack. Armstrong has yet to try and fight back, but now that he is not associated with his Cancer Foundation his future actions can be separated from them. Come on Lance start fighting back, there are some people that still believe that you have down way more good for this world than bad !

Nov 12, 2012 12:20pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Jameson4Lunch wrote:
Doping is a deeply rooted part of European cycling culture. If you aren’t doping, you aren’t competing. Armstrong chose to be a masterful competitor. Can’t really fault him for that. The fact he repeatedly has denied it bothers me more than the act doping itself. Every professional sport has variations on doping. There is no such thing as a clean athlete. Just those who are overly flagrant, those who find the balance, and those who fail to qualify.

Nov 12, 2012 2:55pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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