IOC Is Prepared to Take Measures Against Jones

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Even though she's handed back her Olympic medals, the shaming of Marion Jones isn't over yet.

International Olympic Committee and world track and field officials are prepared to wipe her name officially from the record books, strip her of her world championship medals, pursue her for prize money and appearance fees and possibly bar her from future Olympics in any capacity.

The IOC, which opened an investigation into Jones after she was linked to the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative steroid scandal in 2004, can act now that she has confessed and surrendered the medals.

"We now need to have the official process of disqualification and maybe other measures like non-eligibility for future games and so on," IOC Vice President Thomas Bach, a German lawyer who leads the IOC's three-man disciplinary commission on the Jones case, told the Associated Press.

After long denying she ever had used performance-enhancing drugs, Jones admitted Friday that she'd taken "the clear," the designer steroids norbolethone and THG, from September 2000 to July 2001. On Monday, she returned her five Olympic medals from Sydney.

Bach's panel will make recommendations to the ruling IOC executive board, which next meets in December in Lausanne, Switzerland. IOC President Jacques Rogge could speed up the process by ordering a decision by postal vote before then.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Kansas State discovered possible rules violations in its program and is cooperating with the NCAA in an investigation.

Athletic Director Tim Weiser said the Big 12 school reported the violations to the governing body. He said the probe is focused on a former university employee, three former football players and two current members of the team. One of the current athletes is playing and the other is practicing with the team, Weiser said. . . .

Texas Tech has banned the sale of a T-shirt featuring a drawing of a football player dangling Texas A&M's dog mascot by her leash. The red shirts, with black text reading "VICK 'EM" on the front in a partial reference to the Aggies' slogan "Gig 'em," were created by a Tech student who said he has sold roughly 300 of the shirts through his fraternity.

AUTO RACING: Ricky Rudd will get back behind the wheel of the Robert Yates Racing No. 88 Ford this week at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., after missing five weeks with a separated shoulder.

"My shoulder still is not at 100 percent yet," said Rudd, who will retire at the end of the season. "But we're going to have to see."

BASEBALL: The Detroit Tigers decided Ivan Rodriguez was worth another $13 million. The Tigers exercised an option on the all-star catcher's contract, retaining him for a fifth season.

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