USADA Attempts To Block Armstrong Suit
Anti-Doping agency asks dismissal
Late on Thursday, the U.S. Anti-Doping Association (USADA) requested that federal judge Sam Sparks dismiss the lawsuit filed by Lance Armstrong intended to stop the agency from bringing doping charges against him.
The USADA’s 19-page motion states that that the agency’s authority over athletes has been “repeatedly upheld by courts” and “respectfully requests that the Court reject Armstrong’s effort to create a new set of rules applicable only to him.” The motion includes 30 entries it claims are “unsupported factual statements” in Armstrong’s suit, cites the Ted Stevens Amateur Sports Act, which gives the quasi-governmental body jurisdiction over Olympic athletes, and includes a 2005 affidavit from USADA CEO Travis Tygart that states Armstrong was under the USADA’s jurisdiction and that he took part in their testing program (the opposite of what Armstrong and his lawyers are currently arguing).
The 2005 affidavit comes from a time when Armstrong was suing SCA Promotions, a company refusing to pay bonus money to the Tour camp due to doping allegations. Armstrong insisted he had never doped, referencing 12 passed drug tests and deferring to the USADA as the authority in that matter in order to bolster his case.
"No matter how famous or anonymous, we will treat each alleged offender the same," Tygart said in a statement on Thursday. "Were we not to bring this case, we would be complicit in covering up evidence of doping, and failing to do our job," he added.
Armstrong now has until August 13 to decide whether or not to go to arbitration with the USADA—unless, of course, the Austin federal judge takes his side.