IAAF want to strip Marion Jones and US relay team of Olympic medals

Last updated at 15:39 24 November 2007

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) are pressing for

the USA relay squads, as well as drugs cheat Marion Jones, to be stripped of

their Sydney 2000 Olympic medals.

The IAAF disqualified Jones yesterday and recommended to the International

Olympic Committee (IOC) that their executive board strip Jones of the medals she

won in Sydney and do likewise with the USA 4x100m and 4x400m relay squads.

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IAAF communications director Nick Davies said the track and field governing

body had recommended the IOC to disqualify the two relay teams and "to insist

on the return of all medals and diplomas".

USATF responded with a statement suggesting the IOC decision is not cut and

dried, while observers at the World Athletics Gala in Monaco believe the case

may be referred to arbitration.

"USA Track & Field supports the fight against doping and efforts made to right

the wrongs of the past," said the USATF release.

Significantly it added: "We understand that the fate of the relay results at

the 2000 Olympic Games is a very complex matter, and we appreciate the care and

consideration the IAAF has given it.

"We await the IOC's decision in the matter."

Jones admitted last month she had been using the designer steroid

tetrahydrogestrinone (THG) before and after the Sydney Games.

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The IAAF banned Jones for two years until October 2009, asked for repayment of

all IAAF prize money - estimated to be around US700,000 dollars - that she

earned during the period she cheated and annulled all of her performances in

that time frame.

The fall-out from the fallen star's admission when taken to court by federal

investigators after lying about using THG in 2003 is now set to affect her

fellow team-mates.

Jones, the first woman athlete to win five medals at the same Olympiad - gold

in the 100, 200 and 4x400m plus long jump and 4x100m relay relay bronze - has

already returned her awards.

Now it might come down to action from individual athletes to retain their

medals if USATF support a United States Olympic Committee (USOC) decision to

abide by the IOC's decision whether or not it decides to annul the results.

If the USA relay squads are disqualified Jamaica, Russia and Nigeria will be

named top three finishers in the 4x100m while in the longer event France would

be given the bronze medals.

Meanwhile Jones is expected to return to court in January and be sentenced

after pleading guilty to two counts of providing false statements to federal


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