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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Teammates of Jones Shouldn't Give Their Medals Back

The US Olympic Committee has ordered the American teammates of drug cheat Marion Jones to hand over the relay medals from the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

"Your results involved cheating so you are not entitled to the medals," Peter Uebberroth, the chairman of USOC, said.

The request comes in the wake of disgraced US sprinter Jones's admission last week that she used steroids. [Full article]

Assuming the teammates were not aware of Marion Jones's use of performance enhancing drugs*, they should not return their medals. Debatable, sure, but this is my opinion. Here's why:

1) Marion Jones isn't necessarily the only person on any of the medal-winning teams that was using steroids. She's the only one who admitted to it. At the bottom of the article, there is a suggestion that a Greek sprinter who may receive a gold due to Jones's forfeiture faked an accident to cover for missing a drug test. Now that particular event was not a relay, but it goes to show that Jones very well might not have been a unique case.

2) Jones was only 1/4 of the relay team, and the team won gold. In addition, it's not clear just how much steriods help a sprinter.

* Disclosure: I am not sure of this.

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