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  • IAAF: USTAF Taking "Postitive" Steps


    11/08/03

    (ATR) - Track and field athletes in the U.S. now risk a lifetime ban for a first offense involving steroids. National governing body USA Track and Field adopted the tough new sanctions at its annual convention this weekend in Greensboro, North Carolina.

    The new sanctions are being called "positive" and a sign that "they want to have clean sport", according to comments to Reuters from International Amateur Athletics Federation secretary general Istvan Gyulai.

    But International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge says the lifetime ban could be unenforceable, a view shared by World Anti-Doping Agency chief Richard Pound.

    Meanwhile, USATF is under renewed pressure from the U.S. Olympic Committee to provide more documentation on sprinter Jerome Young's positive drug test prior to the Sydney Games. This week a USOC panel is expected to report on the refusal of USATF to comply with request for information.