Former U.S. Postal Service Pro-Cycling Team trainer Jose Marti had his lifetime ban from the sport suspended to allow for an arbitration hearing in the doping conspiracy case that includes seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong.
Armstrong, Marti, team manager Johan Bruyneel and two team doctors initially had until July 10 to tell the Colorado Springs, Colorado-based United States Anti-Doping Agency whether they desired to move forward with arbitration. Marti and the doctors were banned after failing to comply.
“After the announcement was made, representatives for Mr. Marti contacted Usada and said that Mr. Marti wanted to have his case heard in the arbitration process,” the agency said in an e-mailed statement today. “In an effort to ensure Mr. Marti has the opportunity to fully exercise his rights under the rules, Usada has agreed to move forward with arbitration in Mr. Marti’s case.”
After being given an extension Bruyneel, currently the RadioShack Nissan Trek cycling team manager, decided to have his case heard by the independent panel of arbitrators. Armstrong is seeking a U.S. court order blocking Usada from forcing him into arbitration.