|It's official: sprinter Jerome Young is dq'ed from the Sydney Olympics, more than five years after winning a gold medal.|| |
(ATR) Closing a long-running doping case from the Sydney Olympics, the IOC is requesting the return of a gold medal from U.S. sprinter Jerome Young, now officially disqualified from the 4X400m relay team in Sydney.
Young's case began in 1999 when he tested positive for a banned substance but through flukes in U.S. anti-doping policy, he avoided disqualification prior to the Sydney Olympics.
In 2003, the Los Angeles Times revealed Young's positive test, later confirmed by the U.S. Olympic Committee. That set off two years of hearings before the IOC, IAAF and the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Earlier this year CAS ruled that among the six members of the U.S. relay team, only Young should be stripped of his medal.
Accepting that ruling, the IOC on Thursday finally disqualified Young from the Sydney Olympics and "ordered" the U.S. Olympic Committee to return Young?s medal and requested the IAAF to modify its Sydney results.
"We are aware of the IOC's request and we will transmit that request to Mr. Young and his representatives," says USOC spokesman Darryl Seibel in an e-mail to Around the Rings.
In a case involving an Athens appeal, the Colombian cyclist Marie Luisa Calle Williams has been re-awarded a bronze medal, stripped at first for a positive doping test.
Earlier this month CAS ruled in favor of an appeal by the cyclist, overturning the positive test and leading the way for the IOC Executive Board to reinstate her third-place finish.
That means U.S. cyclist Erin Mirabella will have to give up the bronze that was awarded t
|At right, Colombian cyclist Maria Luisa Calle Williams.|| |
o her while the Calle Williams case was under appeal.
In a statement issued through the USOC prior to the IOC decision, Mirabella said she would hand over the medal.
"I want to do what is right and what is fair. I believe in the Olympic Ideals and the values of sportsmanship and fair play. As such, if the IOC decides this week that I should give the bronze medal from the points race to my competitor, Maria-Luisa Calle Williams, that is what I will do," she said.
"While I still need some time to fully understand and examine the decision made by CAS, I believe it's not fair to complicate matters by refusing to give the medal to an athlete who may rightfully deserve it."Your best source of news about the Olympics is www.aroundtherings.com, for subscribers only.