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PostPosted: Sat Aug 30, 2003 8:48 am    Post subject: Kelli White Reply with quote

Must be the weekend; the IAAF is mounting its latest effort to bury the sport in anonymity... What better way than to publicly take down one of the brightest young stars over an offense that hasn't even been defined as an offense yet? Good grief. The Minority Report analogy strikes twice in one week. Neutral

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08/30/2003 09:56:49 EST
U.S. Sprinter White May Lose Gold Medal
By STEPHEN WILSON
AP Sports Writer

American sprinter Kelli White could be stripped of at least one of her two
gold medals from the World Championships after testing positive for a
stimulant, the sport's governing body said Saturday.

The IAAF said it was investigating whether White committed a doping
offense and should forfeit her victory Sunday in the 100 meters.

"If it ends as a doping case - at the moment all indications are toward
that direction - then she will be deprived of the gold medal," IAAF general
secretary Istvan Gyulai told The Associated Press.

White's gold in Thursday's 200 meters could also be in jeopardy. In
addition, she could face a two-year suspension if found guilty of a serious
offense.

White, the first American to win both sprints at a world championship,
couldn't be reached for comment. USA Track & Field officials had no comment.

White was scheduled to run in Saturday's 400-meter relay final, but it
wasn't immediately known if she would compete.

Gyulai said White was eligible to run in the relay, but the entire U.S.
relay team would be disqualified later if she is ruled guilty of doping.

"It is risky for the Americans to make her run," he said.

The IAAF confirmed a report in the French sports daily L'Equipe that
White's drug sample after the 100 final contained modafinil, described as a
psychostimulant that stimulates the central nervous system and is often used
to fight fatigue and sleepiness.

The results of her drug test after the 200 final was not yet known.

The IAAF said modafinil was not listed by name on the IOC and World
Anti-Doping Agency's current list of banned substances but was considered a
"related substance."

"It is very clear that it is a stimulant, but whether it is a soft
stimulant or a strong stimulant is not clear and is being debated," Gyulai said.

If the drug is determined to be the softer variety, White would be
disqualified from the 100 and given a public warning, Gyulai said. If it is
considered a strong drug, she will also face a two-year ban from the sport, he
said.

Gyulai said it was uncertain when the IAAF would make a final ruling.

"The most appropriate course of action is to allow her to compete pending
the completion of the necessary scientific and factual investigations," an
IAAF statement said.

The IAAF said White told federation officials she has been taking the drug
on prescription to treat narcolepsy, a sleep disorder that runs in her
family.

Gyulai said White did not list the substance on her doping control form as
required. White said she didn't do so because the substance wasn't on the
banned list.

"Why should I mention anything?" Gyulai quoted her as saying.

Under IAAF rules, athletes must notify the federation in advance of any
products they take for medical reasons. The IAAF grants waivers to athletes
who use products on the banned list for legitimate therapeutic reasons.

It's not the first time White has been involved in a disputed drug test in
France.

In July 2002, after running in a meet at Saint Denis, White's sample
turned up traces of a corticoid - an anti-inflammatory steroid. She was
suspended for six months by France's anti-doping agency because she lacked a
medical certificate, but the IAAF cleared her of any offense.



Copyright 2003 Associated Press. All rights reserved

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 30, 2003 1:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I feel sorry for Kelli. And she does have a point about the fact that the treatment she was taking is not on the banned list of substances, so there was no point in making the IAAF aware of what she was taking.

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