IAAF bans Marion Jones for two years

Updated on Nov 24, 2007 03:05 AM IST

IAAF has also recommended IOC to withdraw all five of the US sprinter's Olympic medals after she admitted doping.

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AFP | By, Monaco

Marion Jones was on Friday handed a two-year ban by athletics' world ruling body, the IAAF, which also recommended that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) withdraw all five of the US sprinter's Olympic medals after she admitted doping.

The International Association of Athletics Federations reviewed Jones' case in light of her admission that she was using the prohibited substance known as "the clear" beginning on September 1, 2000.

The IAAF said the two-year ban would start from the date of her "acceptance of sanction on October 8, 2007, (and would run) until October 7, 2009".

Jones is considered disqualified from all competitions on or subsequent to September 1, 2000, a ruling that also means that all her individual and team competitive results from that date are also annulled, it added.

The IAAF added that the ban would also include the "forfeiture and return of all awards and medals obtained in relation to the above competitions ... (and the) forfeiture and return of money awarded to her in relation to the above competitions".

Jones was the track and field star of the 2000 Olympic games in Sydney, winning individual gold in the 100m, 200m and long jump, as well as team gold in the 4x100 and 4x400m relays.

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