Lance Armstrong has stepped down as a board member of
Livestrong, the cancer-support charity he founded in 1997,
the organisation said today.
"Lance Armstrong has chosen to voluntarily resign from the
Board of Directors of the Livestrong Foundation to spare the
organisation any negative effects as a result of controversy
surrounding his cycling career," Livestrong chairman Jeff
Garvey said in a statement.
"We are deeply grateful to Lance for creating a cause that
has served millions of cancer survivors and their families."
Armstrong, a survivor of testicular cancer, had previously
stepped down as Livestrong's chairman.
The 41-year-old had his seven Tour de France victories
nullified and was banned from cycling for life last month
after the International Cycling Union (UCI) ratified the
United States Anti-Doping Agency's (USADA) sanctions against
USADA published a report that said the now-retired rider had
been involved in the "most sophisticated, professionalized
and successful doping programme that sport has ever seen."
Livestrong spokeswoman Katherine McLane told Reuters that
Armstrong "remains the inspiration" for the charity and is
its largest donor, having contributed $7 million.
She said Armstrong will remain involved with Livestrong, just
not as a board member.
Garvey added: "Lance Armstrong was instrumental in changing
the way the world views people affected by cancer.
"His devotion to serving survivors is unparalleled and for 15
years, he committed himself to that cause with all his heart
on behalf of the Livestrong Foundation."
Armstrong has denied ever using performance-enhancing drugs
and the move comes a day after he tweeted a photograph of
himself relaxing with his seven Tour de France winner's