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Lance Armstrong's fall from grace continues with Tufts University rescinding its honorary degree to one-time highly esteemed cyclist who was found to be doping and has consequentially been banned from the sport for life.
The Medford, Mass.-based school told The Weekly Standard that the Board of Trustees unanimously voted to revoke Armstrong's degree, which he was given by the school in 2006.
The statement given to The Weekly Standard by Tufts Director of Public Relations, Kimberly Thurler, reads, "While continuing to respect the significant work of the Lance Armstrong Foundation, the board concluded that, in the wake of the recent report of the United States Anti-Doping Agency and its acceptance by the International Cycling Union, Mr. Armstrong's actions as an athlete are inconsistent with the values of Tufts University."
Armstrong, who is famous for his fight against testicular cancer, was also stripped of his seven Tour de France titles after it was discovered and confirmed that he was using performance-enhancing drugs. Prior from his fall from grace, he was held up as a model of determination, perseverance and hope, and his life's story inspired many people for overcoming cancer and going on to win the Tour de France and, in his personal life, being able to father another child after undergoing chemotherapy for testicular cancer.
In addition to losing his titles and now his honorary degree, Armstrong also resigned from the board of the Livestrong Foundation, which he founded to help people affected by cancer with the aim to empower them.