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Lance Armstrong case: Cancer charity drops shamed rider’s name

The news comes days after the former cycling hero formally cut ties with Livestrong.

 Lance Armstrong arriving to open the Livestrong Global Cancer Summit in Dublin in 2009.
Lance Armstrong arriving to open the Livestrong Global Cancer Summit in Dublin in 2009.
Image: PETR MORRISON/AP/Press Association Images

LANCE ARMSTRONG’S CANCER-battling charity took another step to dissociate itself from the disgraced former cycling champ by dropping his name from its title.

The Lance Armstrong Foundation will now be known as the Livestrong Foundation in the latest move by the charity to separate itself from its founder.

The American was recently stripped of his seven Tour de France titles after the US Anti-doping Agency disclosed evidence he and his cycling team-mates used performance-enhancing drugs.

The name change was approved by the Texas Secretary of State on 30 October, said Katherine McLane, a spokeswoman for the Foundation.

Last week Armstrong resigned from the Foundation’s board of directors. He had previously stepped down as chairman. McLane said she doesn’t think the move will diminish the Livestrong brand, which they have spent years building up, in part, by raising money for cancer survivor programs.

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