IOC intercede in Armstrong-Pound dispute
The International Olympic Committee has stepped into the dispute between Tour de France legend Lance
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The International Olympic Committee have announced that they want to establish an independent inquiry into the war of words that has erupted between seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong and World Anti-Doping Agency chief Dick Pound. At a meeting in Lausanne on Wednesday, the IOC’s executive board reviewed a letter from Armstrong calling for Pound’s dismissal from WADA over his handling of doping allegations against Armstrong.
“The IOC is not a direct party in the issue but would like to facilitate a resolution,” IOC spokeswoman Giselle Davies said. “We are encouraging an independent inquiry to be established in agreement with all parties.”
Armstrong’s letter stemmed from the findings of the Vrijman inquiry, set up by the International Cycling Union to investigate events surrounding allegations of doping made by French sports paper L’Equipe against Armstrong. Both Pound and the French Chatenay Malabry laboratory were heavily criticised in the Vrijman report, leading Armstrong to send an eight-page missive to IOC president Jacques Rogge and the executive board calling for the dismissal of Pound, who is also a senior IOC member.
“The feeling is the discussion between the parties is not making any progress,” Davies said. “There seems to be a block. The IOC could help by facilitating them to find a common understanding.” The Court of Arbitration for Sport has been mentioned as a possible venue for the independent inquiry to take place.