Strip US relay team of Olympic gold: IAAF

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:07 IST

The IAAF said today that the US 1,600-meter relay team, led by Michael Johnson, should be stripped of its Olympic gold due to doping allegations.

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The International Association of Athletics Federations said today that the US 1,600-meter relay team, led by Michael Johnson, should be stripped of its Olympic gold in Sydney as part of the Jerome Young doping case. The IAAF, which held an unusual council meeting here, will now make recommendations to the International Olympic Committee. "Based on this position of the IAAF, we believe that the consequence should be that the medals are taken back," IAAF general secretary Istvan Gyulai said following the decision. "The consequences are implied. If the result is annulled, you don't get the medals for a result that doesn't stand. If someone is not eligible, that athlete cannot have a valid result." The IOC is expected to endorse the IAAF's decision, probably before next month's Athens Olympics. "The IOC told us that we follow your decision," said the president of the IAAF, Lamine Diack. The announcement came 2 1/2 weeks after the Swiss-based Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled 400-meter world champion Young, who ran in the 1,600-meter relay's opening and semifinal rounds, should be stripped of his Olympic gold because of a positive doping test for the steroid nandrolone on June 26, 1999. Young, who has denied taking a prohibited substance, was exonerated by a USA Track and Field doping appeals board on July 10, 2000. (AP)

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