The IOC has reasserted the validity of an anti-doping rule that prevents American runner LaShawn Merritt from defending his 400 meter gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics.
The International Olympic Committee executive board and the IOC athletes' commission reiterated their backing of the rule, which bars any athlete with a doping suspension of at least six months from competing in the games.
IOC vice president Thomas Bach says "the athletes declared their support and the rule applies." Merritt received a 21 month suspension last year after testing positive for a banned substance found in a male enhancement product.
Although his ban expires next summer, Merritt would be ineligible for London under the rule.