Marion Jones stripped of Sydney Olympic medals

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By Ralf Jarkowski,dpa, Lausanne, Switzerland December, 12, 2007- The International Olympic Committee Wednesday stripped former world champion sprinter Marion Jones of the five medals she won at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

Marion Jones stripped of Sydney Olympic medals

The decision, which was expected, was announced by IOC President Jacques Rogge at the end of a three-day executive board meeting. The IOC has yet to determine what moves to make in reallocating the medals.

Rogge himself initiated moves to get the medals back from the other athletes who participated in the relays in which Jones won medals at the Sydney Olympics. "But before that happens, we have to investigate all legal aspects of such a decision.

"Jones is disqualified and scratched from the results list," Rogge said, adding that Jones was not wanted at the Beijing Olympics next year: "Neither as an athlete, nor in any other capacity."

In October Jones admitted taking steroids before the Olympics. She won 100m and 200m golds plus a long jump bronze at the event as well as 4x400m gold and 4x100m bronze.

Those results had already been erased last month by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), which banned her for two years.

Jones, first woman to claim five medals in an Olympics, admitted in October that she took steroids ahead of the Games.

She earlier returned all medals she won at the world championships, but only the IOC can demand back Olympic medals.

The IAAF had earlier scratched Jones from all record lists and asked her to return all the prize money she received since October 2000. dpa


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