U.S. sprinter Torri Edwards's appeal against her two-year drug ban will be heard Monday by the Court of Arbitration for Sport. The result will determine whether the reigning world champion in the 100 meters competes at the Athens Games.
CAS Secretary General Matthieu Reeb said he received the appeal documents Sunday and notified the parties to appear at a hearing Monday evening. A decision is expected Tuesday, he said.
A medal contender in the 100 and 200 meters, Edwards has been training with the U.S. team in Crete and may attend the hearing.
"It seems so, but there is no confirmation yet," Reeb told the Associated Press.
Edwards finished second in the 100 and third in the 200 at the U.S. trials last month. Olympic track events begin Friday.
Edwards tested positive for the stimulant nikethamide at a meet in Martinique in April, blaming a glucose supplement she took because she wasn't feeling well for the result. She said she was unaware it contained the banned substance, and that her physician bought the glucose at a store on the Caribbean island.
Edwards's two-year suspension was announced Wednesday by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.
A U.S. arbitration panel that first heard her case said there might have been "exceptional circumstances" in Edwards's case. But the IAAF, track's world governing body, rejected that argument, relying on the "strict liability" standard that declares athletes responsible for any banned substances found in their bodies.
Reeb said Edwards's appeal asks the panel to restore her results from the U.S. trials and lift the two-year penalty, or have it reduced to time already served so she can compete in Athens.
Unless the suspension is overturned, Edwards's Olympic spot in the 100 will go to Gail Devers, who finished fourth at the U.S. trials.
In another case at the Games, the Kenyan team appealed to CAS against the expulsion of boxer David Munyasia. The bantamweight was barred Tuesday by the IOC after testing positive for the banned stimulant cathine in an out-of-competition screening in the Olympic Village.
Blair Signs Truce
British Prime Minister Tony Blair signed the Olympic Truce at the birthplace of the Games, even as his troops in Iraq were breaking with the spirit of the document that calls for a halt in worldwide conflict during the competition.
Organizers of the truce -- inspired by the cease-fire between warring city-states during the ancient games at Olympia -- say more than 450 world leaders and international personalities have signed the initiative.
Organizers said former president George H. W. Bush, who is leading the official U.S. delegation to the games, was invited but declined to attend.
Instead, the 80-year-old former president borrowed a glove and dusted off his fastball to throw the ceremonial first pitch of the eight-team softball tournament at Helliniko Sports Complex.
Winds Kick Up
Forecasts for high winds at the rowing venue at Schinias prompted organizers to start make adjustments for the second day of racing.
Matt Smith, executive director of rowing's governing body, said the normal 10-minute window between heats at the man-made lake will be reduced to seven minutes Monday to complete the competition before winds increase.
At the junior world championships on the same lake a year ago, high winds created waves that were large enough to swamp several boats. . . .
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