17 Jan 2013

Cycling 'unlikely' to lose Olympic status

12:26 pm on 17 January 2013

The International Olympic Committee says it's very unlikely cycling will be stripped as an event for the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro, despite the fall-out from the Lance Armstrong doping affair.

The fall of the disgraced Texan has thrown the spotlight on the sport's governing body, the International Cycling Union, the UCI, which has been accused of covering up for the American and helping him evade positive tests.

The IOC spokesman Mark Adams says during recent years, the UCI have battled strongly in the fight against doping and says an eventual exclusion of cycling from the Olympic program is very unlikely.

IOC member Dick Pound had suggested cycling could be dumped from the Olympics if Armstrong implicated the sport's governing body in covering up widespread doping.

Armstrong is expected to confess to cheating in a television interview with US chat show host Oprah Winfrey to be aired on Friday.