NPR logo Team Can't Be Punished For What Marion Jones Did, Gets Olympic Medals Back


Team Can't Be Punished For What Marion Jones Did, Gets Olympic Medals Back

Former teammates of Marion Jones, stripped of their medals after she admitted to using steroids in Sydney, during the 2000 Olympics, will get their medals back. Clive Brunskill/Getty Images Europe hide caption

toggle caption
Clive Brunskill/Getty Images Europe

Seven former teammates of disgraced sprinter — and current WNBA star — Marion Jones can call themselves Olympic medalists again.

In 2007, Jones admitted she used performance-enhancing drugs during the Sydney Olympic Games. As a result, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board "decided to disqualify Marion Jones from all track and field events in which she had competed at the Sydney Games, including the 4x100m and 4x400m relay races."

Subsequently, the IOC Executive Board disqualified the entire women's relay teams.

Today, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) upheld the appeal of Andrea Anderson, LaTasha Colander Clark, Jearl Miles-Clark, Torri Edwards, Chryste Gaines, Monique Hennagan and Passion Richardson against the International Olympic Committee. They'll get their medals back.

In a statement, the CAS said it "found that at the time of the Sydney Olympic Games there was no express IOC or IAAF Rule in force that clearly allowed the IOC to annul the relay team results if one team member was found to have committed a doping offence."

You can read the award here, in its entirety.