The Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) today announced that it has disqualified American cyclist Tyler Hamilton from the events he competed in at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games.
Hamilton, 41, who finished first in the Men's Individual Time Trial and 18th in the Men's Road Race at Athens 2004, was disqualified from those events after he admitted to having used performance-enhancing drugs in advance of the Games in a letter sent to the IOC on 28 June 2012.
The IOC Executive Board concluded:
I. The athlete, Mr Tyler Hamilton, is disqualified from the following events in which he competed at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games in the sport of cycling:
- Men's Individual Time Trial, in which he placed 1st; and
- Men's Road Race, in which he placed 18th;
II. The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) is requested to return to the IOC the medal and diploma awarded to Mr Hamilton in the Men's Individual Time Trial event;
III. The International Cycling Union (UCI) is requested to take the appropriate steps so that its records reflect the above; and
IV. The IOC administration is instructed to reallocate the medals and diplomas to the athletes who finished behind Mr Hamilton in the Men's Individual Time Trial, in which Mr Hamilton placed 1st at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games.