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U.S. Lawmaker Requests Probe Of USADA Over Armstrong Case

Jim Sensenbrenner sent a letter asking the ONDCP director to investigate how the sports doping watchdogs spend $9 million a year.

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House of Representatives member Jim Sensenbrenner, a Wisconsin Republican, sent a letter on Thursday asking ONDCP director Gil Kerlikowske to investigate how the sports doping watchdogs spend about $9 million a year in U.S. taxpayer funding.

The move comes exactly one month after USADA informed Armstrong it had taken formal action against him, leading to doping charges against Armstrong and five other men that the agency says engaged in a doping conspiracy during the American star’s Tour de France run.

Three men named as part of the doping conspiracy were issued life bans by USADA earlier this week.

Armstrong has steadfastly denied any wrongdoing, citing more than 500 doping tests without a positive — a defense weakened by such disgraced admitted dope cheats as Marion Jones having passed similar tests for years.

“The U.S. Congress has no role in determining whether an individual athlete doped, but we do have a great interest in how taxpayer money is spent,” Sensenbrenner wrote in his letter to Kerlikowske.

“As USADA’s main funding source, ONDCP should take interest in the agency’s conduct. Nonetheless, I have found virtually no evidence of ONDCP oversight of USADA… ONDCP should take a serious interest in how its funds are spent.”

Read more: Velonews.com