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Marion Jones' relay team to know soon if they can keep Olympic medals

COPENHAGEN — Marion Jones’ relay teammates will learn by Dec. 18 whether they can keep their medals from the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

The International Olympic Committee had hoped the Court of Arbitration for Sport would rule this month. But the CAS postponed the decision for another two months.

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“We’ll have to wait until then,” IOC vice president Thomas Bach said Thursday at an IOC meeting in the Danish capital.

Jones lost all five of her medals — including three gold — after admitting in 2007 that she was using performance-enhancing drugs at the time of the games. The Americans won gold in the 1,600-meter relay and bronze in the 400-meter relay. Jones also won the 100 and 200 meters and took bronze in the long jump…..Read More

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  1. minnie

    October 8, 2009 at 11:55 am

    sad as it is they have 2 submit their medals if one of their team members used peds this should b grounds 4 disqualifation or do some rules only apply for certain countries. u will recall that when our own athletes were still under investigation, we were warned that if we used any of those athletes on our relay teams and won a medal & the athlete was found guilty the entire team would b disqualified.

  2. waynef

    October 8, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    Rules are rules. I think it’s unfortunate but they should lose their medals. it’s not fair to Jones’s teamates, but it’s also not fair to her competitors Who may very well have lost medals because she cheated. remember, Jones was not good enought to make the 2004 US Olympic team once the drugs were taken away. so she clearly gained a huge advantage by using PED’s.

  3. minnie

    October 8, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    exactly waynef its unfair & unfortunate 2 her teammates but it was also unfair 4 our team 2 have lost 2 them. i cant imagine however how many times poor merlene who was dubbed the bronze queen was cheated out of gold by drug cheats justice must prevail……………. and wayne, remember even if these medals are taken away & given to the rightful winners, its not the same the abscence of the anthem & the whole “shebang” it wont b the same

  4. waynef

    October 9, 2009 at 11:14 pm

    Minnie you hit my thoughts right on the nail. Merlene lost out numerous times to drug cheats. It make me sick to my stomach knowing that these women that she lost to9n were such obvious drug cheats waiting to be caught. Flo-jo for one did herself no favours when at the height of her carreer, right after her most successfull season ever, she retired without warning. all because the IAAF anounced that they would be doing regular out of season Drug testings. I wish her coach would just come forward and admit that he gave PED’s. Asafa was even cheated out of a bronze medal in 2004 olympics because both Shawn Crawford and justin gatlin are Drug cheats. Gatlin is currently serving an 8 year ban. while Crawford was protected by his entire Track club. that doesn’t matter though, cause he has never and will never again run under 10 seconds in 100m without his Drugs.

  5. minnie

    October 10, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    waynef, why would flo-jo coach come 4ward & admit that not at all she dead now so no one is under pressure 2 admit anything. the only reason why we were “fortunate” enough hear about jones & whyte is that they were under pressure 2 admit it they wouldv continue 2 bawl & tek jesus off the cross say them clean. do you know what really blows my mind? the way that these women & so many others put their health at risk. injesting drugs by injecting their stomachs & taking all kinds of crap 2 win there & so many consequences a better me come last. as 4 crawford him caan even come 3rd in a race now. remember how him used 2b so hype look pan him now real poppy show.
    people will so how all of a sudden the jamaicans start succeed its many factors inclusive of the fact that the playing field is more level & of course the fact that the majority of our stars remain at home are not being run 2 the ground like horses again

  6. waynef

    October 11, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    I agrre with you minnie. Jamaicans were always succeeding. wev’e been consistently their over the years. The rise to the very top can now be attributed to the fact that we now have the infrstructure to develop home grown talent, that would have otherwise gone to waste in many cases. Asafa would have never been discovered if it wasn’t for the keen eye of Stephen Francis while wathcing a high school boys soccer game. Secondly by making the effort to weed out drug cheats, the Iaaf is allowing the world to really see who rise to the Top under this New world Order.

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