Monday, July 14, 2014

Oh No! Another Lance Armstrong Charity

by Gary Snyder

In an exclusive interview with the Des Moines Register and Tribune Co., disgraced elite cyclist and cancer crusader Lance Armstrong said he would consider starting a new foundation to combat the disease if he is not allowed to return to Livestrong, the iconic charity he created.

Armstrong, a 42-year-old cancer survivor, said he is weighing options to ramp up his involvement in fighting the disease as leaders at Livestrong offer conflicting opinions about his future with the organization.

Armstrong said that "if I'm not welcome" at Livestrong, he would either start another foundation, "which is probably the most likely scenario, or just be willing and able to help, wherever I'm asked."

A recent profile in Esquire magazine reported that Livestrong President Doug Ulman said a door was open to Armstrong's return to the foundation. The charity removed Armstrong in November 2012, a month after he was stripped of seven Tour de France titles and slapped with a lifetime competition ban by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.

Livestrong board Chairman Jeff Garvey released a statement to the Associated Press, however, that indicated Armstrong's return to the foundation "in any capacity is not on the table."

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