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Armstrong Name Officially Dropped From His Livestrong Charity

Nov. 15 (Bloomberg) -- Lance Armstrong, who was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles because of a doping scandal, has had his name deleted from the cancer-fighting charity he founded 15 years ago.

The charity’s official name has been changed from the Lance Armstrong Foundation to the Livestrong Foundation.

“For many years, our organization has been known primarily for its powerful brand, Livestrong,” Katherine McLane, vice president of communications and external affairs, said in an e-mail. “The organization formalized that change on Oct. 30.”

Armstrong resigned from the board of the foundation Nov. 4, three weeks after he stepped down as the group’s chairman. He began the charity, which is based in Austin, Texas, to raise money for cancer research after surviving testicular cancer.

Armstrong refused to fight charges by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency that he used banned substances throughout his cycling career. USADA released a 202-page summary Oct. 11 that said the cyclist forced teammates to engage in doping under the threat of dismissal from his squad.

Armstrong used the banned drugs erythropoietin, or EPO, and testosterone, according to Colorado Springs, Colorado-based USADA, and provided EPO to teammates and administered testosterone on at least one occasion. Armstrong transfused blood in every Tour de France from 2001 through 2005, his former teammate George Hincapie told USADA. He won all those races.

To contact the reporter on this story: Nancy Kercheval in Washington at nkercheval@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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