SAN FRANCISCO: World 100m record-holder Tim Montgomery had a hearing here on Monday with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to respond to doping accusations that could result in a lifetime ban.
The 30-year-old American was accompanied by attorney Howard Jacobs and companion Marion Jones, herself the target of doping accusations but no formal charges like those against Montgomery based on evidence in the BALCO federal steroid case.
Montgomery faces a lifetime ban despite not failing drug tests but because he has been linked to BALCO, tagged by US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) officials as the source of the once-undetectable steroid THG.
Montgomery set the world 100m record of 9.78 in September of 2002.
His fate is not expected to be revealed until July after a similar CAS hearing to consider the fate of another American sprinter, Chryste Gaines.
In June of last year, Montgomery and Gaines plus US runners Alvin Harrison and Michelle Collins were accused of doping violations by USADA despite a lack of positives. Collins and Harrison accepted four-year suspensions. – AFP