By: Tomica Kipp
Lance Armstrong founder and Chairman of LIVESTRONG stepped down from the cancer non-profit organization that he started and awaits a decision from the International Cycling Union, which is responsible for enforcing the anti-doping rules.
“In 1996, as my cancer treatment was drawing to an end, I created a foundation to serve people affected by cancer. It has been a great privilege to help grow it from a dream into an organization that today had served 2.5 million people and helped spur a cultural shift in how the world views cancer survivors,” Armstrong said. “This organization, its mission and its supporters are incredibly dear to my heart.
The United States Anti-Doping Agency has release a report detailing performance-enhancing use by the seven-time Tour de France winner. The USADA has ordered that he should be banned from cycling for life and stripped of his Tour de France victories.
Since the USADA case against Armstrong, he has lost several major sponsors including Nike. In statement Nike said, “Due to the seemingly insurmountable evidence that Lance Armstrong participated in doping and misled Nike for more than a decade, it is with great sadness that we have terminated our contract with him.”
However, Nike plans to continue their support for the LIVESTRONG foundation, “Nike does not condone the use of illegal performance enhancing drugs in any manner. Nike plans to continue to support the LIVESTRONG initiatives created to unite, inspire and empower people affected by cancer.”
Armstrong has always maintained that he has never used performance enhancing drugs. The International Cycling Union is schedule to make a decision later today.