IOC Delays Call on Jones' Medals

Doping cloud shadows disgraced ex-champ, other competitors
By Caroline Zimmerman,  Newser User
Posted Dec 10, 2007 12:11 PM CST
Marion Jones celebrates as she crosses the finish line to win the women's 100 meters at Olympic Park during the Sydney Olympics, in this Sept. 23, 2000 file photo. Right is Katerina Thanou of Greece who...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The International Olympic Committee decided today to await more info before awarding Marion Jones' medals to other competitors from the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Jones will still be formally stripped of her medals for admitting to doping, but the IOC wants to talk to her relay teammates to determine whether they should also lose their medals, reports the AP.

"They would just lose the medals because of Jones," says a board member. "We have to be careful to protect their rights." Further complicating the issue is the fact that Jones' runner-up in the 100 meters, Katerina Thanou of Greece, is also under suspicion of doping. "If we upgrade her we would have to be sure," says an IOC vice president. (Read more sports stories.)