|Out of her grasp: Marion Jones has returned her five medals from the Sydney Olympics.
(ATR) Now that Marion Jones has surrendered her medals from the Sydney Games, the U.S. Olympic Committee says it will try to recover prize money, while pledging a drug-free U.S. team for the 2008 Olympics.
An attorney for Jones handed over the five medals, three gold and two bronze, to an agent from the U.S. Anti Doping Agency Monday in Austin, Texas, where Jones resides. Jones, 31, has also accepted a two-year ban on competition issued Monday by USADA, running through 2009.
The medals will be given to the U.S. Olympic Committee, which will then send them to IOC headquarters in Switzerland. The medals handover came just two days after Jones pleaded guilty to federal charges she lied to investigators about drug use in Sydney.
USOC chief executive Jim Scherr says Jones will also be asked to return more than $100,000 in bonuses paid by the USOC for her performance in Sydney.
Also on the line, at least in the eyes of USOC chairman Peter Ueberroth are the medals of Jones’ teammates in the 4x100m relay and the 4x400m.
“It’s our opinion when something is won unfairly, it’s completely tarnished and should be returned, and the relay events were won unfairly,” said Ueberroth in a conference call with reporters Monday.
While Ueberroth says he believes the relay team members should give up the medals, he says that’s the jurisdiction of the IOC, which has established a disciplinary commission to review the Jones case.
Ueberroth spoke following a hastily called meeting by telephone of the USOC Board of Directors. He says the board approved a series of apologies be sent to 204 national Olympic committees around the world, organizers of the Sydney Olympics and athletes,