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World Anti-Doping Agency President John Fahey says Lance Armstrong's decision to drop his fight against drug charges was an admission the allegations ''had substance in them.''
Fahey told The Associated Press on Friday he was certain the United States Anti-Doping Agency acted properly in its decision to strip Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles after he ended his fight by declining to enter USADA's arbitration process.
''I am confident and WADA is confident that the USADA acted within the WADA code, and that a court in Texas also decided not to interfere,'' Fahey said in a telephone interview. ''They now have the right to apply a penalty that will be recognized by all WADA code countries around the world.''
USADA also said Armstrong would be hit with a lifetime ban Friday. And under the World Anti-Doping Code, he would lose the bronze medal from the 2000 Olympics as well as any awards, event titles and cash earnings.
''He had a right to contest the charges. He chose not to,'' Fahey said. ''The simple fact is that his refusal to examine the evidence means the charges had substance in them. Under the rules, penalties can now be imposed.''
When asked whether USADA had the authority to strip Armstrong of his Tour de France titles, Fahey replied: ''Olympic medals and titles are for other agencies to decide, not WADA.''
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