Lance Armstrong’s former team manager Johan Bruyneel has 10 year-ban increased to lifetime ban

Lance Armstrong’s former team manager Johan Bruyneel has 10 year-ban increased to lifetime ban

Johan Bruyneel who was involved in one of the biggest doping scandals in sport history, that helped Armstrong to seven Tour de France titles, has been banned from the sport for life after CAS increased his punishment.

The Belgian was given an initial 10-year ban by the American Arbitration Association (AAA) in 2012 which was then appealed by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to be extended. The CAS (Court of Arbitration for Sport) panel found Bruyneel was “at the top of the pyramid of one of the largest doping programmes which ever existed in any sport on the planet,” and thus granted the lifetime punishment.

The Belgian accepted “there’s effectively nothing I can do against this sanction”, adding: “at 54 years of age, a 10-year ban or a lifetime ban is practically the same”

USADA also welcomed the decision by CAS and pointed to extended bans for former team doctor Pedro Celaya and trainer Jose ‘Pepe’ Marti. USADA Executive Tygart said “Bruyneel, Celaya and Marti pulled out every trick to avoid the truth and continued, even at the hearing and even in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary, to present a false narrative.’ CAS similarly augmented Pedro Celaya’s suspension to a lifetime ban while trainer Jose “Pepe” Marti had his period of ineligibility increased to 15 years from eight.