According to Olympic officials, the International Olympic Committee is preparing to divest former one-time Olympic cycling gold medalist, Tyler Hamilton, of his 2004 Olympic gold medal and designation.
The International Olympic Committee will also re-assign medals to conform to the new standings.
Tyler Hamilton’s sudden and imminent divesture comes after the American cyclist admitted to consuming banned performance enhancing substances.
As the eight year deadline approaches, officials at the International Olympic Committee are meeting as early as Friday to reallocate the 2004 Athens Olympic Games medals for men’s cycling following the road race time trial.
The International Olympic Committee has been waiting for time sensitive documents from the United States Anti-Doping Agency, which is why they have not made an official announcement.
However, through a process of deductive reasoning it is obvious that the now retired Russian rider and former teammate of Hamilton and Lance Armstrong, Viatcheslav Ekimov will receive the gold.
The silver will go to Bobby Julich, an American, while Michael Rogers, will move up to 3rd place, from 4th, with the bronze.
Despite years of constantly denying that he used performance enhancing drugs, in 2011, during a 60 Minutes interview, Hamilton divulged that he used banned performance-enhancing substances.
This news comes in perfect timing for the Russian Olympic Committee, which has urged the International Olympic Committee to replace Ekimov’s silver with gold.
Original article: msn.foxsports.com
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