IOC could strip Tyler Hamilton of Olympic gold

By the Associated Press | May 20, 2011 | 5:28 AM EDT

In this image taken from video and released by CBS, cyclist and former Lance Armstrong teammate, Tyler Hamilton, speaks to “60 Minutes” correspondent Scott Pelley in Dana Point, Calif, this past April, about how he and fellow teammates, including Armstrong, used performance enhancing substances for pro races, which included the “Tour de France.” The interview airs on “60 Minutes,” Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 8 p.m., EDT. Armstrong has steadfastly denied doping and has never failed a drug test. (AP Photo/CBS) ** MANDATORY CREDIT, NO ARCHIVE, NO SALES, NORTH AMERICAN USE ONLY **

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The International Olympic Committee could strip Tyler Hamilton of his 2004 cycling gold medal following the American's admission of doping, IOC vice president Thomas Bach told The Associated Press on Friday.

Bach said the committee will examine Hamilton's statements that he doped throughout his career.

In an interview with "60 Minutes," Hamilton admitted that he doped and said Lance Armstrong did as well.

"If there is any need or possibility to take action we will do it," said Bach, who heads most of the IOC's doping investigations.

Bach said he hasn't seen Hamilton's statements yet but "we will look into this."

The IOC can retroactively strip Olympic medals if proof of doping emerges later or an athlete admits to cheating. The IOC took away Marion Jones' five medals from the 2000 Sydney Games after she admitted using performance-enhancing drugs.

The IOC had provisionally investigated Hamilton for doping after he won the time trial gold at the Athens Olympics.

An initial test at the Athens Games suggested the American had received an endurance-boosting blood transfusion. But the case was dropped after his backup sample was mistakenly frozen, leaving too few red blood cells to analyze.