IOC strips medals from Jones’ team­mates at 2000 Olympics

Com­mit­tee strips re­lay medals for dop­ing of­fenses

The Covington News - - Sports - By Stephen Wil­son

BEI­JING — Mar­ion Jones’ for­mer re­lay team­mates paid the price Thurs­day for her dop­ing of­fenses, los­ing their medals from the 2000 Syd­ney Olympics.

The In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee ex­ec­u­tive board dis­qual­i­fied and stripped the medals from the ath­letes who won gold with Jones in the 1,600-me­ter re­lay and bronze in the 400-me­ter re­lay.

IOC le­gal ad­viser Fran­cois Car­rard, who as­sisted the dis­ci­plinary panel in­ves­ti­gat­ing the case, said the U.S. Olympic Com­mit­tee has been or­dered to re­turn the medals.

The de­ci­sion fol­lows the ad­mis­sion by Jones last year that she was dop­ing at the time of the Syd­ney Games.

She re­turned her five medals last year and the IOC for­mally stripped her of the re­sults in De­cem­ber. Jones won gold in the 100 me­ters, 200 and 1,600 re­lay, and bronze in the long jump and 400 re­lay.

Jones’ team­mates on the 1,600 squad were Jearl-Miles Clark, Monique Hen­na­gan, LaTasha Colan­der- Richard­son and An­drea An­der­son. The 400- re­lay squad also had Chryste Gaines, Torri Ed­wards, Nanceen Perry and Pas­sion Richard­son.

The run­ners had pre­vi­ously re­fused to give up their medals, say­ing it would be wrong to pun­ish them for Jones’

vi­o­la­tions. They have hired a U.S. lawyer to de­fend their case, which could wind up in the Court of Ar­bi­tra­tion for Sport.

Jones “was part of a team and she com­peted in the fi­nals,” IOC spokes­woman Giselle Davies said. “Based on the rec­om­men­da­tions of the dis­ci­plinary com­mis­sion, the en­tire team was dis­qual­i­fied.”

The IOC had put off any de­ci­sion on real­lo­cat­ing the medals, pend­ing more in­for­ma­tion from the on­go­ing BALCO steroid in­ves­ti­ga­tion in the United States.

A reshuf­fling of the medals could af­fect the medal re­sults of more than three dozen other ath­letes. The IOC wants to know whether any other Syd­ney ath­letes are im­pli­cated in the BALCO files.

The next IOC board meet­ing takes place in Athens in June, which is fol­lowed by an­other meet­ing in Bei­jing on the eve of the Aug. 8-24 Olympics.

Davies said there­was no timetable for a de­ci­sion on re­dis­tribut­ing medals, but noted there was an eight-year statute of lim­i­ta­tions. The Syd­ney Games fin­ished on Oct. 1, 2000.

Davies said the Jones’ re­lay case dif­fered from that of U.S. 400-me­ter run­ner Jerome Young, who was stripped of his gold medal in the 1,600-me­ter re­lay from Syd­ney be­cause of a dop­ing vi­o­la­tion dat­ing back to 1999. He ran only in the pre­lim­i­nary of the re­lay.

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