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Armstrong stripped of BBC award

Lance Armstrong has been stripped of the BBC overseas sports personality award that the American cyclist won in 2003.

Armstrong won the award nine years ago following his seventh Tour de France victory, but after his triumphs were wiped from the record books following an investigation into doping allegations the BBC dropped his name from the list of previous winners published in the programme for Sunday night's event.

The space next to 2003 was left blank. No explanation was offered in the programme as to why no name was listed but the BBC confirmed Armstrong's award had been rescinded.

A BBC statement said: "Following the UCI's decision to strip Lance Armstrong of his Tour de France titles, it has been decided by the BBC to withdraw his overseas sport personality of the year award - Armstrong was voted the winner of this award in 2003 based on his sporting achievements at that time."

It is not clear whether Armstrong has been asked to return the trophy, which as with the overseas award every year was decided by a panel of judges than by public vote.

Armstrong was stripped of all seven Tour wins after the US Anti-Doping Agency revealed systematic doping by the American and his US Postal team, with the International Cycling Union supporting that action.