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Federal Judge dismisses Lance Armstrong's petition against USADA


July 9, 2012 - Austin, Texas, United States

A federal judge has dismissed Lance Armstrong's petition seeking the court to block United States Anti-Doping Agency from moving ahead with charges that he used performance enhancing drugs throughout most his career. Lance Armstrong is a former professional road racing cyclist and a seven time Tour de France winner.

While dismissing the lawsuit, judge Sam Sparks said that the suit intended to whip up public opinion in Armstrong's favor than focusing on legal arguments. However, he let Armstrong refile the lawsuit in 20 days with information that is legally relevant. In the 80-page complaint filed by Armstrong, he contended that USADA doesn't have jurisdiction in Armstrong's case and that the USADA's chief executive Travis Tygart is waging a personal vendetta against the cyclist. Judge Sparks said that most of the pages in his complaint were inclined solely to increase media coverage of the case. "The Court is not inclined to indulge Armstrong’s desire for publicity, self-aggrandizement or vilification of Defendants", Sparks said while dismissing the complaint.

Facing allegations of using performance-enhancing drugs is not new to Armstrong as he claims that he has passed more than 500 drug tests in his career and was never found positive. USADA filed former charges against Armstrong earlier accusing him of using performance-enhancing drugs during the period where he won seven Tour de France titles. The USADA review panel examined the evidence in the case and it now goes to arbitration panel to decide. According to some media reports, former Armstrong teammate, Jonathan Vaughters, is ready to testify against Armstrong. If the Arbitration panel finds Armstrong guilty, it could strip the cyclist of the Tour titles he won between 1999-2005.

USADA is the official anti-doping agency for Olympic sports in the United States. It was formed in 2000.

Lance Armstrong is a testicular cancer survivor. He won a record seven Tour de France titles in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005. He is also the founder and chairman of the Lance Armstrong Foundation.

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