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USOC Imposes Sanctions On USATF Over Jerome Young Case

USOC Levies Sanctions On USATF
For Jerome Young Case

The USOC "has imposed financial and other sanctions" on USA Track & Field (USATF) because of the governing body's "refusal to turn over files relating to" Jerome Young, the U.S. sprinter who tested positive for steroids in '99 but was allowed to compete in the '00 Olympics, according to Alan Abrahamson of the L.A. TIMES. In a December 19 letter to USATF CEO Craig Masback and President Bill Roe, Acting USOC President Bill Martin "handed down a three-part series of sanctions, including the suspension" of a $3.2M payment from the USOC to go towards USATF's $15M annual budget. The USOC provided $2.8M to USATF in '03. Also, no "credentials will be issued to the Athens Games for 'USATF headquarters personnel and officers, including but not limited to (Masback and Roe).' And it cut off any 'access that may have already been granted' to USATF headquarters staff or USATF officers 'for the Athens Games.'" Martin further wrote that the USOC's policy-making committee, "based on the handling of this matter by both of you ... questions your appreciation and understanding of the damage your inaction continues to cause USATF, the USOC and the entire U.S. Olympic movement" (L.A. TIMES, 1/17).

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