Track and field's world governing body will not intervene to suspend American athletes facing doping allegations unless there is evidence they failed drug tests.
That means four U.S. athletes facing possible lifetime bans -- but have not tested positive for drugs -- could compete in Athens if their arbitration hearings have not concluded by then.
"In the absence of facts, the IAAF cannot and will not do anything," IAAF General Secretary Istvan Gyulai said yesterday.
Gyulai said the International Association of Athletics Federations expects that the six pending U.S. doping cases will be resolved before next month's Olympics.
"We would be very disappointed if they are not," he said by phone from IAAF headquarters in Monaco. "Everyone who is a stakeholder here wishes this."
USA Track & Field said Tuesday that Tim Montgomery -- the 100-meter world record holder -- and five others facing doping charges would be allowed to compete at the U.S. Olympic trials beginning Friday in Sacramento.
"We have no problem with that," Gyulai said. "Whether or not they can compete in the trials, we leave it in the hands of USA Track & Field."
Montgomery and sprinters Chryste Gaines, Michelle Collins and Alvin Harrison have been notified by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency they face lifetime bans in the Bay-Area Laboratory Co-Operative steroid investigation. All are contesting the allegations.
None of the four failed a drug test. USADA is acting based on "non-analytical positives," evidence gathered in the federal probe of BALCO.
Abdullah, Smith Named
Two Washington area rowers, Aquil Abdullah and Matt Smith, were among those named to the U.S. Olympic team.
Abdullah will row in the double sculls with partner Henry Nuzum. Abdullah attended Wilson High School and George Washington University. He trains in Princeton, N.J.
Matt Smith, a 1992 graduate of Woodbridge High, will compete in the men's lightweight four. Smith, an Army infantry officer, also trains in Princeton. . . .
American sailor Kevin Hall, a testicular cancer survivor who requires a weekly injection of testosterone, has been cleared by U.S. and international governing bodies to compete in the Olympics. Hall won the U.S. berth in the single-handed Finn class during the trials in February, but still needed clearance from various governing organizations because testosterone is on the IOC's list of banned substances. . . .
Two-time Olympic long jump champion Heike Drechsler, 39, will skip the Olympics because she is unhappy with her recent results.