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Wednesday, January 28, 2004

IAAF Challenging US Decision on Sprinter: According to the LA Times, the IAAF, the global governing body for track and field, is expected to lodge a formal legal challenge against a decision made by USA Track & Field in 2000. The decision cleared sprinter Jerome Young to compete in the 2000 Sydney Olympics, despite the fact that he had tested positive one year earlier for a banned substance. Normally, such an affirmative test would result in a two-year ban, which would have made Young ineligible for the Games.

The IAAF plans to take the case to the Swiss-based Court of Arbitration for Sport. If successful, Young and five other American runners could be forced to forfeit their gold medals from the 1,600 meter relay. Only two American athletes in history have won medals and then been forced to give them back. You can read more about the Court's procedures and recent case history on its official website.