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Hamilton could lose Olympic gold medal because of doping


The International Olympic Committee (IOC) could strip Tyler Hamilton of his 2004 cycling gold medal following the American’s admission of doping, IOC vice president Thomas Bach said yesterday.

Bach said the committee would examine Hamilton’s statements that he doped throughout his career.

In an interview with 60 Minutes, Hamilton admitted that he doped and said Lance Armstrong did as well.

“If there is any need or possibility to take action we will do it,” said Bach, who heads most of the IOC’s doping investigations.

Bach said he hadn’t seen Hamilton’s statements yet, but “we will look into this.”

The IOC can retroactively strip Olympic medals if proof of doping emerges later or an athlete admits to cheating. The IOC took away Marion Jones’ five medals from the 2000 Sydney Games after she admitted using performance-enhancing drugs.

The IOC had provisionally investigated Hamilton for doping after he won the time trial gold at the Athens Olympics.

An initial test suggested the American had received an endurance-boosting blood transfusion. However, the case was dropped after his backup sample was mistakenly frozen.

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