Former UNC Hoopster Jones Banned, and Stripped of Medals

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Former UNC Hoopster Jones Banned, and Stripped of Medals

Postby cagewriter » Wed Dec 12, 2007 6:47 pm

the Reuters report:

"...By Karolos Grohmann

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) - The International Olympic Committee ended the once stellar Olympic career of U.S. sprinter Marion Jones on Wednesday, taking back her five Sydney 2000 Games medals after she admitted to taking drugs.

"She is disqualified and scrapped from the results," IOC President Jacques Rogge told reporters after an executive board meeting.

"We disqualified Marion Jones from the five events she took part in Sydney and for one event in Athens (2004 Olympics) which is the long jump where she was fifth," Rogge said.

Rogge said she was also banned from the 2008 Beijing Olympics in any capacity and the IOC reserved the right for any further sanction.

Jones, who became the first woman to win five medals in a single Olympics after winning gold in the 100 metres, 200 metres and 4x400 metres relay and taking bronze in the long jump and 4x100m relay, could go to jail for lying to federal investigators.

She returned her medals to the United States Olympic Committee after telling the court in White Plains, New York in October she had taken the banned substance known as "clear" from September 2000 to July 2001. She accepted a two-year ban from the sport.

Jones also pleaded guilty to two counts of providing false statements to federal investigators and check fraud and will be sentenced in January.

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) applauded the IOC's decision..."

(does "...in any capacity..." mean she cannot even attend The Games)

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