Lausanne: The International Olympic Committee on Friday said that they would be looking at the US Anti-Doping Agency's report into cyclist Lance Armstrong before deciding whether to strip him of his Olympic bronze medal.

"The IOC is aware of the USADA report and is currently studying it with all the corresponding documentation," a spokesman for the Lausanne, Switzerland-based body said.

"It would be premature at this stage to say if the IOC envisages taking any steps. If we find proof that justifies the opening of disciplinary procedures, we will of course act as a result."

Armstrong, who risks being officially stripped of all his seven Tour de France wins, won bronze in the individual time trial in Sydney behind gold medallist Vyacheslav Ekimov of Russia and Germany's Jan Ullrich who took silver.

The Texan was on Wednesday placed at the heart of what the USADA said was the biggest doping programme in sports history, as it published a 202-page document to back up its previous decision in August to ban him for life.

The world anti-doping code has a maximum eight-year delay to put forward evidence of drug misuse but the USADA has exceeded that given the extent of the programme used by Armstrong and his entourage.

Tyler Hamilton, one of the 11 former team-mates who testified against Armstrong, handed back the time-trial gold medal that he won at the 2004 Athens Olympics in early 2011, after he confessed to doping.

The IOC corrected the podium before the time limit expired, handing the gold to Ekimov.


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