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Pound Wants U.S. to Forfeit Medals

Citing sprinter's positive test, president of World Anti-Doping Agency says 1,600 relay team should give up golds it won at 2000 Olympics.

August 28, 2003|Alan Abrahamson | Times Staff Writer

Responded USOC spokesman Darryl Seibel: "Mr. Pound must be privy to information that has not been shared with the Court of Arbitration for Sport, the IAAF or the USOC." The court is a Swiss-based tribunal.

There is recent precedent for the stripping of medals in a doping case. In June, the IOC took away two silver medals from Russian cross-country skier Larissa Lazutina and annulled her fourth-place finish from the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games after she lost a series of appeals.

There appears to be a legal stumbling block to any attempt to take away medals won by the U.S. relay team.

Rogge suggested Tuesday that any confirmed doping offense involving a track athlete that had taken place outside the period of the Olympic Games would be IAAF's responsibility.

But, as part of a binding arbitration decided earlier this year by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, USATF and the IAAF agreed that the court's ruling on disclosure issues revolving around 13 U.S. doping cases -- from 1996 through 2000 -- would be final. One of the 13 involved the unnamed athlete -- Young -- from Sydney.

The decision went USATF's way -- the three-person arbitration panel ruled that USATF need not provide the IAAF with information about those cases. In a statement issued Wednesday, USATF said the ruling "definitively resolved all drug-testing matters between [USATF] and the IAAF."

Pound, an attorney, said that while the arbitration court's ruling might be binding on USATF and the IAAF -- the parties to the case -- a separate entity such as the IOC might nonetheless have independent grounds to proceed.

And, he said, an inventive soul might contend that even the IAAF now has grounds.

"It closed the case as far as [IAAF] demanding the name. They were unable to demand it," Pound said. "Now that it's there, they have it -- they can see exactly what happened."

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