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Friday, November 23, 2007

PostHeaderIcon IAAF says Marion Jones' Olympic relay teammates should lose medals

marion-jones-relayThe international track federation's council today recommended that all members of the 2000 Olympic relay teams on which Marion Jones competed should be stripped on their medals.

Jones, who already has returned her three individual medals after admitting last month she had used banned anabolic steroids before the Sydney Olympics, also won a gold medal on the 4-by-400-meter relay and a bronze on the 4-by-100.

The International Olympic Committee's executive board will take up the track federation's recommendation at its meeting next month.

IOC President Jacques Rogge already has said he believes the runners in the relays should lose their medals. U.S. Olympic Committee chairman Peter Uerberroth supports that action, a marked change from the USOC position in a similar case involving the men's 4-by-400-meter relay at the 2000 Olympics.

The USOC appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sports on behalf of the members of that men's relay. They stood to lose their gold medals after the track federation (IAAF) decided in 2004 to strip the medals because one of the runners, Jerome Young, should have been banned from the 2000 Summer Games for doping.

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