London: Banned cyclist Lance Armstrong has stepped down as a board member of Livestrong, the cancer-support charity he founded in 1997 in order to save the organization from any negative effects of the doping controversy surrounding him, according to chairman, Jeff Garvey.
“Lance Armstrong has chosen to voluntarily resign from the Board of Directors of the Livestrong Foundation to spare the organization any negative effects as a result of controversy surrounding his cycling career,” a daily quoted Garvey, as saying in a statement.
“We are deeply grateful to Lance for creating a cause that has served millions of cancer survivors and their families,” he added.
Armstrong, a survivor of testicular cancer, had previously stepped down as Livestrong’s chairman.
The 41-year-old had his seven Tour de France victories nullified and was banned from cycling for life last month after the International Cycling Union (UCI) ratified the United States Anti-Doping Agency`s (USADA) sanctions against him.
Garvey further added: “Lance Armstrong was instrumental in changing the way the world views people affected by cancer.”
“His devotion to serving survivors is unparalleled and for 15 years, he committed himself to that cause with all his heart on behalf of the Livestrong Foundation,” he said.