TURIN: The IOC will continue to investigate doping allegations against Marion Jones despite the five-time Olympic medallist’s court settlement with the man who accused her of using banned drugs.
The American sprinter settled her US$25mil defamation suit in the US District Court in San Francisco on Monday against BALCO founder Victor Conte, who is serving a four-month prison term for his role in the steroid scandal.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Conte attorney James Wagstaffe said the case was settled on “confidential terms”.
International Olympic Committee (IOC) officials expressed concern on Wednesday that evidence and testimony in the case would be kept secret, but vowed to press forward with their own inquiry into whether Jones was doped when she won five medals at the 2000 Sydney Games.
“We have to find out what the settlement means,” Thomas Bach, a German lawyer leading the IOC inquiry, told The Associated Press. “The case is still on. We want to clear up all the circumstances as far as possible. We’re still looking for evidence.”
Bach confirmed that, if the IOC determine Jones was using banned substances, she could be stripped of her Sydney medals. Jones won three gold medals (100m, 200m and 1,600m relay) and two bronze medals (long jump and 400m relay) in Sydney. She repeatedly has denied ever using banned drugs. – AP