A judge has thrown out former world cycling champion Lance Armstrong's lawsuit against officials at the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, insisting his court is "not inclined to indulge" the sportsman's "desire for publicity".
Armstrong has repeatedly denied reports linking him to performance-enhancing drug use, but last month (Jun12), he was formally re-charged with taking illegal substances.
The athlete has never failed a drug test in his 25-year career but Usada representatives recently claimed blood samples Armstrong gave in 2009 and 2010 were allegedly consistent with a banned performance-enhancing booster and they are seeking to have him stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and associated rewards and banned for life from competitive cycling.
Refusing to take the allegations lightly, Armstrong filed suit in U.S. District Court in Austin, Texas on Monday (09Jul12), alleging the Usada Chief Executive Travis Tygart, who is named as a co-defendant, is waging a personal war against him.
However federal judge Sam Sparks has now struck down the suit, delivering a judgement which reads: "This court is not inclined to indulge Armstrong’s desire for publicity, self-aggrandizement or vilification of Defendants, by sifting through 80 mostly unnecessary pages in search of the few kernels of factual material relevant to his claims."
Armstrong, who retired from cycling last year (11) and is now a successful triathlete, can refile his case within 20 days.