It’s a dark day for the world of sports as Lance Armstrong, cyclist, was not only dropped by Nike, but he also stepped down as the head of the Livestrong charity.
Armstrong’s decision to leave Livestrong came after the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) released an in-depth report stating Armstrong and his teams widespread doping between 1999 to 2005, when he won 7 consecutive Tour de France titles. He stepped down to remove all distractions from the charity as Armstrong, the founder of the charity, goes through a lengthy battle with the USADA. Armstrong will step down as chairman of the Lance Armstrong Foundation but will remain on its board. What is interesting is that Armstrong did not take a salary from this position and the question is will the new chairman? Nike will still support Livestrong charities but will no longer endorse Lance Armstrong. This is on top of Lance Armstrong already being banned from cycling for life and being stripped of all titles from the last 14 years.
“This organization, its mission and its supporters are incredibly dear to my heart,” Armstrong said in a statement obtained by The Associated Press. ”Today therefore, to spare the foundation any negative effects as a result of controversy surrounding my cycling career, I will conclude my chairmanship.”- Lance Armstrong
I am not one for cheating in any aspect of life, but I am not too bothered by this. I would like to believe this guy took the doping measures in order to inspire people that cancer isn’t the end but the beginning of your life. Did he make a lot of money because of winning by cheating? Of course he did. But how much did he raise for cancer because he was a Tour de France champion in his post cancer life? Just think of all those “Livestrong” bracelets people wore from 2003-now? I personally have bought 10 of them (I lose things). Those bracelets + donations + other apparel sold = MONEY FOR CANCER.
Would you still support Livestrong if it was for a middle of the pack cyclist trying to regain status after surviving cancer? We would all like to say yes but in actuality we only support “winners.”
You may not have to support Lance Armstrong, which is fine. Why not support the fight against cancer and donate to the LIVESTRONG foundation?