- November 22, 2003 at 4:01 pm #1004RyanKeymaster
IAAF wants more on U.S. sprinter case
BERLIN (Reuters) – More information is needed to decide what action to take over American sprinter Jerome Young who was cleared to compete in the Sydney Olympics despite allegedly failing a dope test, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) says.
The ruling body, holding a council meeting in Berlin, said on Saturday it needed to know why the athlete was cleared by the U.S. Olympic Committee to take part in the 2000 Games.
The IAAF, which studied a report by a disciplinary commission of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) set up to investigate the case, said it had requested further documents and would wait for them before deciding whether to pursue the matter to arbitration.
Young, 27, was a member of the American team that won 4×400 metres relay gold in Sydney. He won the individual 400 metres world title in August in Paris.
“What we need to know is on what basis he was exonerated,” said IAAF General Secretary Istvan Gyulai.
When the IOC decided to investigate last September, its president Jacques Rogge said Young’s Olympic relay gold medal could be taken away and the athlete disqualified over three years after the race if evidence backed a newspaper report that he had tested positive for nandrolone in 1999.
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