Armstrong Refiles Lawsuit, Receives Extension

Staff Writer
The doping fiasco continues

Lance Armstrong and his legal team refiled for a restraining order against the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) on Tuesday after their initial 80-page lawsuit was dismissed within hours by a federal judge for being too publicity-focused. The second lawsuit, a 25-page document, argues that the USADA violates the constitutional rights of athletes, that the agency has no jurisdiction over Armstrong and that he is protected from persecution under his Fifth Amendment rights.

Armstrong initially faced a Saturday deadline to either accept the USADA’s charges or send his case to arbitration, but on Wednesday, the agency granted him a 30-day extension while he challenges the case in court, according to The Associated Press

The second lawsuit came just hours in the wake of a decision by the USADA to issue lifetime bans from sanctioned sports events against three of Armstrong's former non-riding teammates—doctor Michele Ferrari, doctor Luis Garcia del Moral and trainer Jose "Pepi" Marti—for administering and providing performance-enhancing drugs to members of Armstrong's various past teams.

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