U.S. relay team may lose Olympic gold medal for doping

16:38, February 02, 2010      

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The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced on Monday that it's considering to investigate into the relay doping case which could lead to another U.S. relay team being stripped of an Olympic gold medal for doping.

Crystal Cox, who ran in the preliminaries for the U.S. women's 4x400 relay team at the 2004 Athens Olympics, admitted to using anabolic steroids and accepted a four-year suspension and disqualification of her results from 2001 to 2004, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency said on Friday.

The fate of Cox's gold medal and the medals held by the rest of the team is up to the sports world governing body IOC.

"The IOC is looking into the file and considering setting up a disciplinary commission," said IOC spokesman Mark Adams on Monday.

The IOC has previously stripped national relay teams of medals retroactively for any doping admission or drug suspension, including three U.S. teams from the 2000 Sydney Games.

Under international rules, an entire relay team can be disqualified because of the doping of one member, even an alternate.

The U.S. was stripped of the gold medal in the 4x400 relay and bronze in the 4x100 relay following Marion Jones' admission of doping.

The IOC also stripped the U.S. men's 4x400 relay of their Sydney gold after a doping admission by Antonio Pettigrew.

Source: Xinhua
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