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Johnson could lose Olympic gold

The Associated Press
| Thursday, July 21, 2005 12:00 a.m

RALEIGH, N.C. – Michael Johnson could lose the last of his five Olympic gold medals five years after the Sydney Games when a court in Switzerland rules on a doping scandal today.

The Lausanne-based Court of Arbitration for Sport will announce at 0800 GMT whether Johnson and his American team mates should forfeit their 4×400 meters golds because of a doping violation by squad member Jerome Young in 1999.

Athletics world ruling body, the IAAF, has recommended to the International Olympic Committee that the American squad be stripped of their medals.

The recommendation came after CAS ruled in 2004 that Young should not have been allowed to run in Sydney because of the 1999 positive test for nandrolone that was overturned by a U.S. apeals panel after a secret hearing.

The U.S. Olympic Committee disagreed that the entire team should be penalised and appealed to CAS, whose decisions are binding, to order the IOC and IAAF to “to desist in their efforts to change the results.”


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